How Does It All Start?
It all starts in October, when the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) audits student enrollment at DC Public Schools and Public Charter Schools. Student enrollment is the biggest driver of school budgets, so it is important that the number of students enrolled in DCPS is accurate and growing! The audit informs the next step in developing school budgets, which is to project what student enrollment might look like in the upcoming year.
While DCPS starts to develop enrollment projections, its also busy kicking off its public engagement campaign. We think our principals, teachers, parents, and citywide community have great ideas and should share in the development of our budget. So we make sure there are plenty of opportunities to provide feedback during the development process.
- The Chancellor starts by holding a student budget hearing in November to hear how DCPS can improve the experiences of its students.
- Each year, the Chancellor also holds a public hearing in November, where interested members of the community can provide feedback on how DCPS can make school budgets better in the upcoming year.
- In November and December, the Chancellor hosts a series of meetings with school principals and their Local School Advisory Teams (LSAT) to get their thoughts on next year's budget.
- There are many different ways to give feedback on budget development. If you are interested in getting involved, check out our Family & Community page on the DCPS website to learn how.
So How Do You Calculate My School’s Allocation?
Great question! One of the challenges in the budget development process is ensuring that the needs of individual schools are being met within the DCPS budget development process. No two schools serve the exact same population. Even if the schools have the same number of students, a variety of factors affects the allocation from which a school can build its budget. Those factors include the number of students receiving special education services or the number of early childhood programs it offers. If those numbers change, the budget allocation also changes. DCPS accounts for the following when calculating initial school budget allocations each year:
- Projected student enrollment;
- Special education student population;
- English Language Learner (ELL) student population;
- Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARM)eligible students;
- School configuration (Elementary School, K-8 or 6-12 Model School, Middle School, or High School);
- Teacher-to-student ratios by grade configurations;
- Specialty school status;
- Non-Personnel Spending (NPS); and
- Per-pupil funding minimum.
NEW! Important FY18 Documents
You can see there are a lot of factors involved in developing a school's budget and they are all driven by enrollment to some degree. DCPS uses a model to allocate positions and funds, called the Comprehensive Staffing Model (CSM). Each school type has a slightly different CSM, and you can see the different ones below.
Download the Data
Though we think the dashboards on this site are super informative and great, we understand that you may want to crunch the numbers yourself. We think that is a great idea, so we have provided our source data below. If you have any questions of feedback, please let us know by filling out the form under out Give Us Feedback! page.
|File Name||Description||Date of Source Data|
|FY13 Budgeted Student Enrollment Data||Total, special education, ELL, and early childhood budgeted enrollment by school. Source: Projected enrollment used to generate submitted budgets for FY13.||March 1, 2012|
|FY13 School Budget Data||Budget allocations by school for FY13. Source: Budgets submitted to DC Council.||May 1, 2012|
|FY14 Budgeted Student Enrollment Data||Total, special education, ELL, and early childhood budgeted enrollment by school. Source: Projected enrollment used to generate submitted budgets for FY14.||March 1, 2013|
|FY14 School Budget Data||Budget allocations by school for FY14. Source: Budgets submitted to DC Council.||May 1, 2013|
|FY15 Budgeted Student Enrollment Data||Total, special education, ELL, and early childhood budgeted enrollment by school for all dashboards that use FY15 data. Source: Projected enrollment used to generate submitted bugdets for FY15.||March 1, 2014|
|FY15 School Budget Data||Budget allocations by school for FY15. Source: Budgets submitted to DC Council with additional at-risk supplement added by Council.||May 1, 2014|
|FY15 Budget by Line Item||School Budgeted Personnel and Non-Personnel Services as of the first day of school (SY 2014-2015). Source: School Budgets as of the first day of 2014-2015 school year.||August 20, 2014|
|FY16 School Budget Data||Budget allocations by school for FY16. Source: Budgets submitted to DC Council.||April 6, 2015|
|FY16 Budgeted Student Enrollment Data||Total, special education, ELL, and early childhood budgeted enrollment by school for all dashboards that use FY16 data. Source: Projected enrollment used to generate submitted bugdets for FY16.||April 6, 2015|
|NEW! FY17 School Budget Allocations Data||Initial FY17 allocations by funding category (e.g. Enrollment, Special Education, At-risk) and detailed by position and/or item. Includes intiial at-risk allocations.||February 16, 2016|