Understanding DMPS Funding Needs
Schools are facing an unprecedented need as the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to move through our communities.
Most Iowa school districts (66%) have experienced enrollment loss due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of parents statewide did not enroll their kindergarten-aged students, others opted for alternative learning to avoid the possibility of sending their child into a potentially unsafe environment.
Because SSA funding is based on the previous year’s certified enrollment, districts will face a large budget deficit as a surge of kindergarten students enter schools and other students return to public school districts for the 2021-22 school year but are not counted in the funding allocation. Likewise, a larger influx of preschool students is expected.
The following also are impacting school funding:
- Many students will need additional supports to recover from COVID-related learning loss. The stress of learning in an unprecedented classroom setting with distance requirements and mask wearing deprives students of normal social interaction and emotional supports essential to adequate academic growth. The stress of the pandemic on staff, students and families means most students will continue the COVID slide through at least the end of this school year. Unprecedented support will be needed to fill the learning gap in school year 2021-22.
- Districts are incurring largely unsupported expenses in the purchase of personal protective equipment, facilities upgrades related for air safety, technology equipment to support virtual learning, and pay for substitute teachers as staff fall ill or are quarantined during the ongoing pandemic.
- Schools have also had to supplement enterprise funds with money from the general fund to retain employees for childcare and food services.
November 2020 DMPS School Budget Presentation slides – click here.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Take 5 minutes out of your day to advocate on behalf of DMPS students and teachers.
Click here to find your Legislator
Call them at their number or call the switchboard and leave a message for your Legislator.
House: 515-281-3221. Senate: 515-281-3371
Tell them why adequate and equitable school funding is important to you and your community! Encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Participate in the #ForMySchool letter writing campaign.
We thank you for your support and your advocacy for DMPS students and staff.