Public Schools Get More Funds; DCPS Still Looks At Shortfall | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Public Schools Get More Funds; DCPS Still Looks At Shortfall

Play associated audio

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.

NPR

The Perfect Family Book List

For the holidays, critic Alan Cheuse is making up a list of books to give to each of his family members. Only the best of 2014 for them. Here's his picks.
NPR

Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.
NPR

With New Congress, Will Obama Work Differently?

The GOP-led Congress President Obama will have to deal with for the last two years of his presidency is a stark contrast to the Democratic-led one he came in with. Does that mean Obama will change his approach to dealing with Capitol Hill?
NPR

2014 Hashtags: #BringBackOurGirls Made Nigerian Schoolgirls All Of 'Ours'

As part of a series on hashtag activism in 2014, Audie Cornish speaks with Obiageli Ezekwesili of the Open Society Foundation. Ezekwesili was one of the early promoters of the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, about schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria in April.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.