DCPS is gearing up its annual attempt to explain its budget to parents and other community stakeholders. The legally required hearing is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Langley Education Campus, 101 T St. N.E. Folks can offer feedback and suggestions on the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2012.

Many parents have complained about the opaque and confusing nature of DCPS budget documents, where program headings change from year to year and there is sometimes no rhyme or reason to the numbers. In the FY 2012 budget, for example, charts seemed to show a major increase in central office spending. Officials said it actually reflected school-based personnel carried on the central administration budget.

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) described the DCPS budget in a hearing as “inscrutable.”

Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said earlier this year that the complexity is attributable to the moving parts required for more than 120 separate school budgets and the agency that supports them. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown’s office has been working with DCPS in an attempt to make the FY 2013 budget more accessible.