In 2018, only 48% of DPS General Fund expenditures ($1 billion dollars) were allocated to Instruction. Compare that to neighboring School Districts that range from 55%-67%. From the DPS 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Shift taxpayer money from Administration to Classrooms
Only 48% of the state income and local property tax received by DPS is allocated to classrooms. Neighboring districts fund classrooms at rates as high as nearly 70%.
Strong Neighborhood Schools
Every neighborhood school should be a viable first choice for families wishing to stay close to home.
Reduce Excessive Standarized Testing
The amount of standardized-testing continues to grow, which takes away from learning and creativity. We must reduce these stressful expectations and get back to the basics.
Put Students First (Seriously)
Every decision in the District must put students first to set them up for College and Career.
Invest in Proactive Solutions for School Safety, Social & Emotional Health and Wrap-Around Services
Substantially increase funding initiatives that support vulnerable students. Every school must have a full-time psychologist and/or social worker and a full-time nurse. Expand the use of Wrap-Around services.