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Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education Wright Add Second Opportunity for Input on Public Education Budget


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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright have added a second public hearing on the District’s budget for public education on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. (location TBD). This hearing will provide an additional opportunity for public feedback on school-budget issues to complement the already-announced budget hearing, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. February 22 at H.D. Woodson High School.

The hearings are opportunities for community members to weigh in and offer testimony before the Mayor finalizes Fiscal Year 2013 total budget allocations for D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools. The additional hearing is a bonus opportunity for the public to provide input prior to the final stages of the budget process.

The March 8 hearing will provide an opportunity for feedback on individual budget proposals for DCPS campuses, which will receive their initial allocation proposals shortly after the latest Fiscal Year 2013 revenue projections are provided later this month by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and reviewed by the Mayor’s office.

Initial budget allocations are the overall amounts each DCPS school receives within which to craft its budgets. These school-budget allocations are the vehicles through which school communities propose the specific staff positions and non-personnel spending that they need to enable their students to achieve. These schools then submit their proposed budgets back to DCPS.

Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor Wright look forward to holding these two hearings and having the community weigh in on such important matters.

Members of the public are invited to testify. Testimony may be limited to three (3) minutes per witness and five (5) minutes per organization or group.

Those wishing to testify on February 22 at H.D. Woodson High School should contact Joshua Thompson in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education via e-mail at joshua.thompson@dc.gov or by telephone at 202.701.9289 no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2012.

Those wishing to testify on March 8 (location TBD) should contact Joshua Thompson in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education via e-mail at joshua.thompson@dc.gov or by telephone at 202.701.9289 no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

Witnesses should bring three (3) copies of their written testimony to the hearing.

Members of the public may submit written testimony, which will be made part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2012 for the February 22 hearing and no later than 4 p.m. on March 6, 2012 for the March 8 hearing to Mr. Thompson:

Via e-mail: joshua.thompson@dc.gov

Via U.S. Mail: Joshua Thompson, Special Assistant
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 303
Washington, DC 20004

The official record of this hearing will be transmitted to the Council of the District of Columbia at or before the public-education-budget hearing held by the Council, pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 38-917(3).

If there are members of the public who need interpretation services, please contact Mr. Thompson via e-mail at joshua.thompson@dc.gov or by telephone at 202.701.9289.