School budgets delayed a third time
For the third time in two weeks, DCPS has delayed delivery of initial fiscal 2012 budget allocations to individual schools while it searches for more money. The latest due date was Tuesday. Principals, teachers and parents use the allocations to shape local school spending for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
"At this point in time, those allocations are not ready to go out to schools, because we still believe that additional dollars remain to be pushed to local school budgets," said a central office memo to principals and instructional superintendents. This time, no new date was mentioned. "In the next week, we will communicate a new timeline for receiving your allocations," the memo said.
The delay puts added pressure on the winter budget calendar, which includes meetings with school communities and appeals of enrollment estimates set by the central office. DCPS is required to publish a finished budget proposal for public scrutiny before Mayor Vincent C. Gray transmits it to the D.C. Council by April 1.
Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson told principals at a meeting last week that she was pressing Gray for more money.
"I'm holding out for more," she told the principals, according to notes from a participant.
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