Tuesday, March 8, 2011

DCPS Budget and Teacher Data Included in Testimony Presented Friday

Findings from my analysis included in testimony to the DC Council on Friday, March 4 and presented again as testimony to Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday include:
 1.  The number of DCPS central administration employees rose by 112 or 18% from 2007 to 2010 (the tenure of Michelle Rhee), while enrollment went down by 6,600 or 12%. Since FY 2003 central office FTEs are up 38% while enrollment is down by 28%.
2.  As of October 1, 2010, about 100 of the central office staff have salaries of over $100,000 per year.
3.  Per student spending went up 28% during Ms. Rhee’s tenure, compared to inflation of 6%, leading to the possibility that better student/staff ratios, smaller classes and other resources were responsible for the modest test score improvements that did occur. Unfortunately, the level of spending – which is high compared to other school districts -- can’t be sustained.
4.  DCPS is now losing half its teacher workforce within 5 years, and half its new teacher hires within 2 years.
5.  The percentage of inexperienced (first and second year) teachers has risen to almost 20%.
6.  Beginning teachers (first and second year) are 25% of the teachers in three wards with mostly low-income students (1, 5, and 8).
7.  Basic budget and expenditure information is not available to the public – such as financial reports, current budgets for both the system and local schools.
Copies of the testimony and the attached tables are posted here. A more detailed analysis of central office positions is here and more information is on the SHAAPE web site here under High School Policy Areas-Budget Analysis.



Mary M said...

I don't have good data on this, but it would also seem that at the same time the central office has grown, so has consultant spending.

Tom said...

“Congratulations Admin! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this exciting information.”