Mayor Bowser Announces 3.6% Increase to FY22 Universal Per Student Funding Formula, $386 Million in Federal Relief Funds for Schools
Mayor Expects Public Schools to Open Five Days a Week This Fall
Washington, DC (STL.News) Mayor Muriel Bowser met with public school leaders and shared updates to the uniform per student funding formula (UPSFF) as well as her vision for the upcoming school year. The Mayor announced that her Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal will include a 3.6% increase to the UPSFF foundation level, for a total of more than $2 billion to serve an estimated 98,528 students in DC’s traditional public schools and public charter schools. Additionally, the Mayor shared that in the fall of 2021, she expects all public schools in Washington, DC to fully open for in-person learning, five days a week, with all educators back in the classroom.
“We have stuck together through this pandemic – now, we need a strong citywide commitment to reopening this fall so that we can meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of all our students,” said Mayor Bowser. “We also know that funding is an essential part of recovery. The FY 22 UPSFF is a commitment to delivering the funding and resources schools need, with a focus on enhancing equity and supporting our most vulnerable students.