More than three dozen witnesses have signed up to testify at the D.C. Council school budget hearing, which is underway today.
Those testifying include George Parker, president of the Washington Teacher's Union, members of Parent Teacher Associations, principals and students.
Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is on deck to testify later in the day.
The administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has proposed a 2010 school budget of $762,987, 567.
Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray opened today's budget oversight hearing expressing the need for the city to maintain its commitment to school performance, especially during the "difficult financial crisis." But he also mentioned his frustration with the school budget document itself.
"While improvements were made on the local school budgets, their guiding document remains opaque," the chairman said.
"This year, the council tried to make the DCPS budget more transparent with the passage of the 'Public Schools Hearing Amendment Act.' However, much of what was required was not included in the budget, nor when it was received by the committee this week. Even in the local school budgets, we cannot identify what are centeral office costs and what are direct services to students, as the D.C. Code requires."