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Posted at 7:16 PM ET, 02/10/2011

Lack of equity in funding for D.C. schools

By Erin McKee, Washington

The Feb. 7 Metro article "D.C. high schools face funding gap, study finds" shed light on the inequity that occurs in the D.C. public schools.

As a first-year DCPS teacher in 2009, I was given a run-down classroom, with a dilapidated chalkboard and desks covered with graffiti. Imagine my surprise this school year when I walked into a renovated school, with new furniture, walls, floors, desks, whiteboards and even a fancy, interactive, "smart" digital blackboard. I was so thankful. I thought that finally my students had gotten the nice place they deserved. At our first staff meeting, we were told that the funding for a needed renovation to our front entrance had been cut. Still, while our school has little "curb appeal," it does not take long for one to walk inside to a vibrant, beautiful setting. But I was angered to learn that another DCPS school near Capitol Hill had been fully renovated with a beautiful, new entrance.

A front entrance may not seem like a big deal, but it brings light to the bigger issue: the lack of transparent equity among all DCPS schools. Funding per student and per school should be clear and equal. And while it is important to invest in specialty schools, we cannot forget about the children in our neighborhood schools, who need our help the most.

By Erin McKee, Washington  | February 10, 2011; 7:16 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, economy, education, schools  
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Comments

What a baffling and bizarre article. After celebrating the modernization of classrooms, the author goes on to whine about not having the front exterior of the school remodeled.
If a "beautiful, new entrance." would somehow enhance the education of students, please show some evidence. If not, one might suspect the priorities of this teacher are way out of order.
Hope this "teacher" is not tenured yet.

Posted by: spamsux1 | February 11, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Your school received: "new furniture, walls, floors, desks, whiteboards and even a fancy, interactive, 'smart' digital blackboard" and you're crabbing about a door?

How many other schools still have the "run-down classroom, with a dilapidated chalkboard and desks covered with graffiti?" They're the ones who should be complaining, while you should be setting a better example for your students instead of sitting around like a spoiled child at Christmas, surrounded by crumpled wrapping paper and toys while whining "is that ALL?"

Posted by: m1903a4 | February 11, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Really? I wish I had such hardship.

I still havea classroom with old furniture, graffiti on the desks and a dilapidated white board. Want to trade?

So you're a second year teacher and complaning about the entrance to your school? You still have a lot to learn about education.

Posted by: VirginiaTeacher | February 12, 2011 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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