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The Examiner is reporting that DCPS is instituting a new $10 million grant program for principals at underperforming schools. School heads can apply for a grant of up to $400,000 to fund “innovative” solutions to performance problems, like longer hours. But wait—where is the money coming from?

One longtime psychologist, unhappy to take on the coordinators’ responsibilities, said she was perplexed by the available grant money.

“I don’t understand how they can cut positions one week and throw all this money at the schools the next week,” said the psychologist, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job. “It’s upsetting, and disheartening.”

[DCPS spokeswoman MelissaSalmanowitz said the $10 million was available because central office “absorbed the reductions,” but declined to specify which programs had been discontinued.

Any DCPS employees care to weigh in?