Opportunities for Budget Stakeholder Input


Fiscal Year 23 (SY22-23) Public Budget Hearing

The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will convene a public budget hearing on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM. The purpose of the hearing is to gather input from the public about the upcoming Fiscal Year 2023 (School Year 2022-2023) budget. Members of the public are invited to provide testimony at the hearing. Individuals or groups wishing to testify should register. Testimony will be limited to three minutes during the hearing. Witnesses should provide their documents, including a written copy of their testimony and any supplemental information, by email to dcps.schoolfunding@k12.dc.gov. All documents will be included as part of the official record.

Learn more about the Public Budget Hearing and register to testify by Friday, November 5, 2021, 5PM. 

View the budget hearing on YouTube at bit.ly/dcpsbudgethearing23.


Town Hall: Exploring a New School Funding Model Together – Ensuring Equity, Sustainability and Transparency Across DCPS

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021

Budget Hearings

The DCPS budget cycle is a year-round process and one that provides opportunities for stakeholders across our community — including parents, students, and principals, teachers and staff — to be engaged in the development of their school budget.   

One of the most meaningful ways for engagement occurs at the school-level through the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT).  The LSAT is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every DCPS school. The team consists of parents, teachers, non-instructional school staff, a community member, and in some cases, students. This team advises the principal on matters that promote high expectations and achievement for all students, including the development of the school’s budget. Ultimately, principals and Instructional Superintendents (who oversee clusters of schools) have the final say on the budget.  

Throughout budget development, there are several LSAT-specific education and engagement opportunities between the budget team and LSATs as well as engagements for principals and LSATs facilitated by the budget team. For more general information about LSATs, go to https://dcps.dc.gov/page/local-school-advisory-teams-lsat. 

The other annual engagement that is required by DC Law is the Public Budget Hearing. In the fall, DCPS’ Chancellor convenes an annual Public Budget Hearing to hear from DCPS stakeholders about what they would like to see in the upcoming fiscal year budget. Stakeholders provide testimony captured on record. Per DC Code 38-917 this hearing must take place no later than November 30th.