Washington, DC – Following the D.C. Council’s passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Support Act last night, DC Association of Chartered Public Schools Executive Director Ramona H. Edelin released the following statement:

“The Charter Facilities Allotment, which provides funding on a per-pupil basis to the District’s public charter schools, remains woefully inadequate after Council passage of the 2017 Budget Support Act.  That DC’s Charter School Leaders are still thwarted and hamstrung by an inadequate supply of school buildings controlled by the District Government made available to them; and by financial inadequacy and/or uncertainty of their facilities funding allotment, is tantamount to punishment.  Why would this Government punish those who are doing exactly what we all want our schools to do: creating learning environments where students succeed?  

Along with allies including Friends Of Choice In Urban Schools (FOCUS), Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), and Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE), the Association called for increased funding; and we continue to call for a fixed floor below which the facilities allowance would never fall, established in policy and not subject to political risk, and for an appropriate indexing mechanism that would keep pace with rising costs.  We continue to strongly urge the District Government to invest fairly in nearly half of the District’s public school students who attend public charter schools. Specifically, we call on the DC Council to:

  1. Establish the charter facilities allotment floor (below which it will not fall) at $3,250, as a matter of policy.
  2. Tie the funding level to an index that factors in inflation and the cost of construction.

Launched in May of 2004, as a nonprofit organization operating under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code by Charter School Leaders, the mission of the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools is to improve opportunities and outcomes for students by supporting the development, growth, and sustainability of quality charter schools in Washington, DC. The Association serves all chartered public schools in the District of Columbia.  This year, nearly 39,000 students are enrolled in DC’s charter schools – that is approximately forty-five percent of the total public school enrollment.  We are the collective voice of Charter School Leaders in the nation’s capital.

May 18, 2016
Contact: Ramona H. Edelin, Ph.D., 202.723.0006