Code of the District of Columbia

§ 38–2992. Proposed new funding and organization model for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

(a) Starting no later than October 1, 2021, DCPS shall discuss with other DESAP partners and the DESAP Board of Directors a proposed new funding and organization model for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts ("DESA").

(b) The proposed new funding and organizational model shall address and resolve the following matters:

(1) The conversion of DESAP faculty and staff to DCPS employee status with levels of pay for all former DESAP faculty and staff comparable to those of DCPS employees;

(2) The absorption of all DESA's human resources, staff payroll, and student support functions into the budget of DCPS;

(3) The protection of, and due regard for, the dual-curriculum nature of DESA, including its arts faculty and staff;

(4) The continuation of DESA's pre-professional arts program at the same or higher level of quality as the current pre-professional arts program; and

(5) The continued role of the current DESAP Board of Directors in providing guidance and support for the DESA arts program, including partnerships with third-party organizations and the Ellington Fund.

(c) DCPS shall present to the Council the proposed new funding and organizational model no later than January 31, 2022.