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FY24 Budget Testimony: Education Agencies

April 5, 2023

Children’s Law Center Policy Analyst Danielle Robinette testified before the DC Council’s Committee of the Whole about the proposed budgets for DC education agencies, including District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, State Board of Education, Office of the Student Advocate and Ombudsman for Education.

Danielle urged the Committee to restore the $4 million and 82 FTEs cut from terminal operations in OSSE’s Division of Student Transportation budget and also to restore the budgets for evidence-based attendance initiatives such as the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants for Show Up, Stand Out to pilot the Learner Engagement and Attendance Program and for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education for EveryDay Counts! to continue the EveryDay Labs intervention.

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Too often the District’s schools fail to provide students with physical, learning or emotional disabilities or children living in poverty with the right supports they need to succeed. We work with parents and schools to get a child’s education back on track – from ensuring testing for learning disabilities at a young age to making sure students with disabilities have an appropriate plan that meets their learning needs.

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