DC Students Succeeds sends FY25 Budget request to Mayor Bowser

It’s time to Show up for DC Students

DC Students Succeed this week sent Mayor Muriel Bowser a letter calling for strong education investments in her upcoming fiscal year 2025 budget.

 Read the letter here.

DC students succeed when they are prepared, engaged, and feel safe and supported to show up for school. To combat the chronic absenteeism that is undermining their futures, it’s time for DC elected officials to show up for DC students. As the Mayor and Council begin work on the fiscal year 2025 budget for the District of Columbia, the DC Students Succeed coalition intends to show up for our students’ futures by advocating that our elected leaders invest in strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism in three ways:

  • Fund Schools Equitably
    Well-resourced schools are more likely to offer students academically rigorous material, presenting challenging coursework that keeps students interested in school and improves academic outcomes, especially for those who are furthest away from opportunity. Students are safer, happier, and more engaged in healthy and inspiring spaces. We must preserve and grow equitable investments in our public school students through increased per-student and facilities funding that reaches students no matter what public school they attend.
  • Drive Academic Achievement
    Our children are more likely to be engaged and persistent in their education when their schools prepare them for the future. We must prepare students for academic success through an expansion of DC’s science-based literacy initiatives.
  • Strengthen Postsecondary Outcomes
    Students are more likely to attend school when they can relate to what they learn, feel like they have a voice in what they learn, and can envision their future. It is critical that every student has access to experiences that expose them to and prepare them for college and careers – regardless of their background, ward or sector. We must engage students in their futures through increased access to diversified post-secondary pathways for all students.

We recognize that investments in education will not work in a silo. Good health, access to transportation, housing stability, and community safety also play an important role in ensuring that students are at school and ready to learn and that our educators are able to focus on the critical task of preparing our next generation for college and careers. We must continue DC’s track record of equity-driven investments that our policymakers have made in the whole child, whole school, and whole community by supporting and investing in public safety, mental and physical health, health care, access to safe housing, reliable transportation, and healthy food.

 Read the full letter here and below.











































































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