D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown has called on Mayor Vincent C. Gray to maintain a “floor”of $3,000 per student for charter school facilities. Public charter schools, which must secure their own buildings, use the allotment to cover rent, mortgage, debt service and renovations. In fiscal year 2010, then mayor Adrian M. Fenty cut the allowance from $3,109 to $2,800. It’s been supplemented with federal funds to keep it at $3,000.
The broader issue of charter school funding has been the focus of a mayoral commission. It recommended this week that the allowance remain at $3,000, but added that further study is warranted. Brown said he realized that the discussion was ongoing, but that in the near-term charters need more stability and certainty in their finances. He urged that the full $3,000 be built back into the local budget.
“This is the right thing to do for our students,” Brown said.