Mayor Vincent C. Gray, delivering on a campaign promise, is convening a hearing that will give members of the public an opportunity to provide their input on shaping the DC Public Schools (DCPS) budget for Fiscal Year 2012–a year that will force all DC agencies to engage in significant belt-tightening due to a major budget deficit.
The hearing will be held on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 5 pm at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol Street NE.
“I believe the community will see that the proposed budget reflects my belief in the importance of education,” Mayor Gray said. “Despite the current economic challenges, I’m proud that we have been able to ensure that all of our public schools receive the resources they need to continue providing a high-quality education for all students in the District.”
The purpose of the hearing is to solicit the views of the public on levels of public funding to be sought in the FY 2012 operating budget for the public schools, pursuant to DC Official Code §38-917. Specifically, the Mayor wishes to receive testimony and exhibits regarding those subjects identified in § 38-917(4) of the code:
- The current and prospective educational needs of the District’s publicly-funded schools, including DCPS and D.C. Public Charter Schools, educational programs that can address these needs, and support systems needed for safety and efficiency;
- The relative levels of support provided in recent years and sought in the current budget requests for DCPS and other agencies of the District government that support youth;
- “The programs and levels of funding supported by the findings of relevant professional studies and commissions;” (this portion of the relevant law indicates that the hearings will be open to experts–such as policymakers and think tanks–who wish to discuss data that suggests best practices and recommended funding strategies); and,
- The levels of funding for public school systems in surrounding jurisdictions that have reputations for providing high quality education to their students.
Members of the public are invited to testify. Testimony may be limited to three minutes per witness and five minutes per organization or group.
Those wishing to testify should contact Ahnna Smith in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (202) 724-0696 no later than 4 pm on Friday, March 11, 2011.
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 pm on Friday, March 11, 2011 to:
Ahnna Smith, Special Assistant
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. 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 hearing held by the Council, pursuant to DC Official Code § 38-917(3).
If there are members of the public who need interpretation services, please contact Ms. Smith via email at email@example.com or by telephone at (202) 727-0696.