Fenty, Council Agree to Restore $24M to DC Schools

Rhee can keep her teachers

WASHINGTON -- Mayor Adrian Fenty has reached an agreement with the D.C. Council to restore $24 million for the city's schools in the upcoming budget, he said Tuesday.

Council members voted last month to strip more than $27 million from the schools, saying they were skeptical of projections that enrollment would increase by 3,000 students next year.

As part of a compromise announced Tuesday, the school system and council agreed to fund the audited enrollment figure of about 44,700 students from the current school year.

Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee had warned that unless the money was restored, hundreds of teacher positions could be eliminated.

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