D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says she will raise per-pupil spending by 2 percent next year

 Photo Credit: Associated Press (AP)
Photo Credit: Associated Press (AP)

According to Ryan M. McDermott of the Washington Times, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announce that she will increase the per-pupil funding for schools by 2 percent next year after education advocates had chided her for not investing enough money when she first announced her budget in April.

The mayor’s fiscal 2018 budget originally called for a 1.5 percent increase in per-pupil funds to D.C. public and charter schools. That proposal was less than the 2 percent increase that has been the standard in the city the last 10 years.

Currently, base funding per student is nearly $10,000 before factoring in funds for special needs or at-risk students.

But even with the standard 2 percent increase, education advocates say city students need more.

Groups like the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and Democrats for Education Reform have pointed to recommendations from Miss Bowser’s own education advisers who have said the city needs to significantly increase its per-student funding.

The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) recommended a 3.5 percent increase in a January report to the D.C. Council. Read more here.