Overview of the FY12 Budget Process
Every year, the District of Columbia Public Schools submits a budget in late February or early March to the mayor as part of the citywide budget process. Within the overall DCPS budget that the mayor receives, each school has a proposed budget submitted by the principal.
Starting in December, every principal thinks about how they want to budget for the following year, gathers input from their community through the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) and consults with key Central Office staff. It is from December until February that the LSAT, and community as a whole, is needed most to support and advise the principal.