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September 26, 2011

Public Education Finance Reform Commission to Launch 

Commission to Examine Uniform Per Student Funding Formula in Preparation for Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

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(WASHINGTON, DC) -- On Tuesday, September 27, the legislatively mandated Public Education Finance Reform Commission will begin its charge to study and make recommendations on potential revisions to the city’s Uniform Per Student Funding Formula for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The independent panel will be composed of 13 Commissioners representing a cross-section of District offices, local education agencies (including DC Public Schools and Public Charter Schools, local and national school finance experts and community members.


Legislation passed by the DC Council in 2010 requires the Mayor to retain an independent organization to support the work of the Public Education Finance Reform Commission. Through a competitive bid, Collaborative Communications Group, in partnership with The Finance Project, was selected as the contractor to provide support for the first of two phases of work of the Commission. During the first phase of work, the contractor will be responsible for selecting, convening and staffing the Commission; identifying which data will be needed to support the work of the Commission; and developing a plan for the Commission to engage the public in this process.


While both organizations will staff the Commission during this initial phase, Collaborative Communications Group – a firm that has worked in several school districts to convene and organize public discussion on school-related issues – will lead the public-outreach segment of the work. The preliminary data scan will be conducted by The Finance Project, a District-based firm that has extensive experience in developing methodologies and conducting fiscal analyses for both traditional public schools and charter schools. The first phase of work establishes the critical foundation necessary for the Commission to execute its mission.


During the second phase of work, the Commission will deliver an Equity Report presenting the financial research and analysis of DCPS and charter schools and will make final recommendations to the Mayor and the DC Council for consideration during the development of the FY 2013 budget. The District’s Office of Contracting and Procurement has released a solicitation for a contractor to support the second phase.

The Commission will convene on Tuesday, September 27 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Room A-10, 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. This meeting and all future Commission meetings will be open to the public.