Yesterday, the D.C. council’s education committee under chairman David Grosso voted to increase the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula by 2.38 percent as part of the city’s fiscal 2018 budget. The move is significant because Mayor Bowser proposed just 1.5 percent more in per pupil spending after an Office of State Superintendent of Education task force that included many leaders in our local charter school movement recommended a 3.5 percent jump. There was a broad boisterous outcry from members of the public when Ms. Bowser released her planned allocation of education dollars.
Except from her new D.C.P.S. Chancellor. Antwan Wilson stated that he was fine with the money he was to receive, and yesterday, in an article by the Washington Post’s Alejandra Matos,
His words are actually a breath of fresh air. The Chancellor must be recalling the fine work of the Cato Institute’s Andrew Coulson, who, before he passed away in last year, loved to show the graph below to anyone who would listen. The chart clearly illustrates that while the money spent on public education has grown exponentially over time reading and math test scores have remained flat.
At last week’s FOCUS Gala, Mayor Bowser announced a one-time bump for the UPSFF to 2.0 percent. Now the Council has gone beyond her suggestion in pumping another $12.5 million into her $105 million hike. Look for the full Council to easily approve the new number. This change comes on top of a 2.2 percent growth of the charter school facility allotment to $3,193 per pupil.