Mayor Marty Walsh will give his state of the city speech tomorrow at Symphony Hall, and parents plan to protest the schools’ $50 million budget deficit.
The parents are taking aim at another year of multimillion-dollar budget cuts proposed by his administration. They say the proposed measures would trim teachers, librarians, and language courses such as Japanese. It would also crush some schools’ accreditation prospects and hurt programs targeting students with autism or suffering from emotional trauma, they contend….
Walsh will….address public education, an issue that was a significant focus of his election campaign and made a key focus during his first State of the City address last year. On Tuesday, the mayor plans to urge Bostonians to join him in a conversation on how to best serve students and create a stronger school system.
But as the mayor delivers his speech, several parents are planning to protest his proposed budget deficit of up to $50 million in the School Department.
Chang had said that while expenses have increased, federal and state funding to the School Department has been declining.
‘Parents are feeling very upset that [the mayor] is not supportive of the school system he’s obliged to be looking out for.’
The superintendent promised that no schools would close as a result of the shortfall, the Globe reported, but he said that $20 million will be cut from the central office budget, and $10 million to $12 million more will be saved by trimming the per-student funding formula, affecting the budgets of individual schools.
Some of those schools have had declining enrollment, officials said.
The mayor said the potential budget gap does not yet identify all possible efficiencies and takes into account new investments prioritized by the department. Chang said the central office and school leaders are vigorously working on strategic budget decisions.
“The reality is that rising expenses are outpacing current revenue sources,” Chang said in a statement. “Despite this, I am confident that Boston Public Schools will continue investing in key strategic initiatives to close achievement gaps and ensure equity throughout the system.”
The parents planning to protest said that during Walsh’s first two years in office, public schools have seen about $140 million in budget cuts. The cuts, they said, would devastate the high schools and special education services.
Superintendent Chang, who was a deputy to John Deasy in Los Angeles, is a graduate of the unaccredited Broad Superintendents Academy. Before he joined the L.A. administration, he ran a Green Dot charter school. He has brought a number of other Broadies to join him in Boston.