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The FY’16 budget is notable on several fronts: Mayor Martin J. Walsh has again demonstrated his clear commitment to public education in Boston, aiming to increase the city’s allocations to the district between 3-4%. However, at the same time costs for the district are expected to rise by approximately $58 million, coupled with a $14 million decline in state and federal revenue.
Most notable however, are key strategies that go beyond fixing a financial gap, but rather are designed first and foremost to position the district to commit to closing gaps of achievement and opportunity.
The district’s budget goals
reflect our intention to preserve current investments
that are already showing results…
…and to build upon them through new investments that address opportunity and achievement gaps:
Even with increased funding, costs will continue to rise faster than revenue.
1. School closures and classroom consolidations
- Correct imbalances to allow the district to target resources to bolster all schools.
- Consider and plan for implementation of key policy decisions and efficiencies identified in last year’s budget process
3. Food offerings
- Review Food and Nutrition Services operations and offerings in light of best practices from comparable district
The budget is a statement of our values