Lack of equity in funding for D.C. schools
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.
Erin McKee, Washington
| February 10, 2011; 7:16 PM ET
Categories: D.C., D.C. politics, economy, education, schools
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