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Public Schools Get More Funds; DCPS Still Looks At Shortfall

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Last week this time, interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson says DCPS was looking at a $100 million shortfall. With approximately $50 million in additional funding announced, she says DCPS will restore summer school and afterschool programs.

But while the money creates what she calls "an incredibly different situation," schools will still have to make changes. For example, she says, middle and high schools have classroom ratios of one teacher to approximately 20 students -- but were looking at increasing that to 25 students.

"Now we're only looking at class size increases of 1 to 22 -- only at the high school, not at the middle school level," she says.

Henderson says there will be central office cuts. Principals could also decide to lay off personnel as they revise their budgets.

Charter schools will recieve more than $25 million as well.

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