ERIC Number: ED498114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-4
Reference Count: N/A
D.C. Public School and Public Charter School Capital Budgeting: Task 3 Report
Filardo, Mary; Rivlin, Alice M.; O'Cleireacain, Carol; Garrison, David
21st Century School Fund
The District of Columbia is four years into the implementation of a ten year Educational Facility Master Plan and seven years into the development of Public Charter Schools. A great deal of work to improve public school facilities has been done. The new buildings and renovations that have been completed by the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and Public Charter Schools are not inconsequential. However, there are still serious policy, planning, management, and fiscal shortcomings in the District's system for housing and improving public education programs and services. As a result, most public school students in the District of Columbia attend school in buildings with serious design and condition deficiencies. The District does not have the fiscal capacity to support the level of capital and operating funding necessary to resolve these problems. This paper provides background on public school facilities in the District of Columbia, identifies the District's planning, management, decision making, oversight and fiscal policy challenges, and provides the various governmental sectors recommendations for addressing these challenges. The report will help the District, DCPS and Public Charter School leaders take stock of what has been done and what course corrections and/or adjustments are required to increase the quality, rate, and efficiency of how the District provides, maintains and improves public school buildings. The improvements in policy and practice of the DCPS and the Public Charter Schools recommended in this report should be seen as part of an overall reform of the District's planning and management of its public building assets through the capital budgeting process. (Contains 4 charts, 8 tables, and 12 footnotes.)
Descriptors: School Buildings, Financial Policy, Budgeting, Public Schools, Master Plans, Fiscal Capacity, Charter Schools, Budgets, Educational Finance, Governance, Public Housing, Educational Facilities Improvement, Operating Expenses, Educational Facilities Planning, Decision Making, Facilities Management
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Mayor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: 21st Century School Fund, Washington, DC; Brookings Institution, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia