DC schools to get additional $20M this academic year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public and charter schools in Washington, D.C., are set to get at least $20 million more in funding this academic year.

The Washington Post reports the funding increase comes after the public school system struggled with a $25 million deficit in the fiscal year that ended last month. District deputy education Mayor Paul Kihn says all schools will get increased per student funding in fiscal year 2020 as a way to prevent another budget gap.

Kihn says the system reduced the gap through non-personnel savings and strategic hiring. He says officials will continue to work on resolving the gap, which Kihn says was influenced by the hiring of more experienced teachers than anticipated.

The city has until Nov. 7 to finalize its books. District law bars agencies from carrying debt between fiscal years.

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