DC teachers brace for hundreds of job cuts after Bowser budget proposal

Teachers and staff in Washington, D.C.’s public schools fear there may be 200 positions cut due to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s new budget proposal.

While Bowser included in her city’s budget proposal a 12% increase to District of Columbia Public Schools’s funding formula, giving schools an additional $181 million, schools are still likely to fall short of meeting their budgetary needs. The shortfall comes as money from one-time federal pandemic aid depletes, teacher’s salaries have increased, and city revenue remains stagnated. 

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference at Capitol One Arena in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2024.(AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Bowser’s budget proposal, which still needs to be approved by the council, violates a 2022 law that was designed to ensure that public schools received the same amount of funding they did the year before. This is
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