Policy Spotlight: Budget Wins for Parent Priorities
Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE) is dedicated to creating an environment where the vision for education in Washington, D.C. is created with children and families, not for them. PAVE helped secure historic funding in a difficult budget year:
- In 2018, parent leaders led the coalition that successfully advocated for an additional $10.56 million for Out of School Time Programs, resulting in a total investment of over $20.25 million. Importantly, this funding was sustained in the FY20 budget, showing that policymakers heard the voices of parent leaders and are committed to their priorities.
- There was also a 3.9 percent increase to the base amount of the per pupil funding formula for FY20. This was the third year in a row that parents helped increase per pupil funding.
- $13.7 million in new funding for mental health was included in the FY20 budget to support the needs of every child in every ward and community.
PAVE’s work also directly informed parent-driven legislation that calls for cross-sector school budget transparency, including reporting requirements on programmatic spending and at-risk funding, a common chart of accounts for all schools, and meetings that include the public in budget decisions. While this legislation has not yet been voted on, it was unanimously co-sponsored by all 13 members of the DC Council. Further, the fact that the Statement of Beliefs written by parents about transparent citywide school budgets was mirrored so closely in proposed legislation is a win in itself.