Bowser Plans More STEM, Extracurriculars in DCPS

The Proposal is for the 2018 Budget

Eastern High School (Photo: MySchoolDC)

Expect an additional $6.2 million in the 2018 DC Public Schools (DCPS) budget proposal, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Feb. 24. The 2017 budget plan currently sits at about $910 million.

Bowser and new DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson plan to focus on middle and high schools in the coming year with new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) courses, college and career prep support and extracurricular options.

Some of those options include rugby, hockey, wheelchair track and field as well as basketball teams, wrestling, lacrosse, coding, and more. The STEM additions will require the schools to purchase at least 750 computers and will add algebra courses for middle schoolers in the 2017-18 year.

“By adding more extracurriculars, more STEM classes, and additional college and career support, we will be able to engage more students and keep them on track to succeed beyond high school,” Bowser said at the announcement.

For high school students, the new plan will bring more career and college prep counseling for nine DCPS high schools including Ward 6’s Eastern High (1700 East Capitol St. NE).

The DC City Council must approve Bowser’s budget before any of these changes can take hold. 

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