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There are no School bond and tax elections in Washington, D.C. Because Washington, D.C.'s public schools are under the control of the Mayor, all decisions involving school finance are handled by the District's Chief Financial Officer in conjunction with the Mayor. The City Council has all authority on financial approval.

Laws affecting school finance

Capital Improvement program

The Washington, D.C. Public School Capital Improvement Fund funds all capital improvements on the Washington, D.C. public schools. This fund is governed by the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization.[1]

Under Washington D.C. laws, capital improvement funds can be used for:

  • School Consolidations including all pre K-8 Renovations, relocation and furniture fixtures and equipment additions. $92 million is appropriated annually; additional funds may be necessary to provide for an increase in pre-Kindergarten enrollment;
  • School Stabilization including general capital improvements, air conditioning and electrical upgrades, boiler and roof repairs, building code compliance, program management, and ADA compliance. $120 million is appropriated annually.
  • School Modernizations in which $434.5 million is appropriated annually.
  • Technology development not to exceed $ 15 million.
  • Athletic Facilities in which funding cannot exceed $36 million.
  • Other amounts necessary to pay the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for prior work.[2]

New capital improvements are submitted on an annual basis, this is done 90 days after a new fiscal cycle begins. The Director of the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization with the advice of the Mayor submits a Capital Improvement Plan to the Mayor and the Council. The capital improvement plan is part of the master budget for the District of Columbia's Public Schools. For each proposed capital project, the plans must include a description of the work to be done, the justification for the project, the estimated cost and schedule for the project and measurable benchmarks to be achieved by the end of the fiscal year.[3] The capital improvement plan is approved by the Council and signed into law by the Mayor.

All projects are audited to make sure benchmarks are met and also the projects are on time and budget.[4] Also, all contracts awarded for projects must be in compliance with the minority contracting requirements for Washington, D.C. 50% of all jobs must be awarded by contractors to District of Columbia residents while 35% of all contracts must be awarded to businesses that are disadvantaged and minority onwned. [5]

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References

  1. "Westlaw" Washington, D.C. School Bond Law(Referenced Section 38-2971.01 DC Code)
  2. "Westlaw" Washington, D.C. School Bond Law(Referenced Section 38-2971.03 DC Code)
  3. "Westlaw" Washington, D.C. School Bond Law(Referenced Section 38-2973.03 DC Code)
  4. "Westlaw" Washington, D.C. School Bond Law(Referenced Section 38-2973.05 DC Code)
  5. "Westlaw" Washington, D.C. School Bond Law(Referenced Section 38-2973.04(a)-(d) DC Code)