Walsh Says Boston’s High Schools Won’t Be Affected By Budget Cuts

Walsh Says Boston’s High Schools Won’t Be Affected By Budget Cuts

Boston Public School students rallying in front of the State House. Students staged a walkout Monday to protest the proposed budget cuts Boston Public Schools could face next year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston Public School students rallying in front of the State House. Students staged a walkout Monday to protest the proposed budget cuts Boston Public Schools could face next year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

By WBUR Newsroom

Just days after a large-scale walkout of students across Boston over proposed districtwide budget cuts, Mayor Marty Walsh says high schools will be spared from reduced funding.

School officials proposed closing the district’s potential $50 million budget shortfall for the 2016-’17 school year with cuts to the central office and to the district’s per-pupil funding formula.

Instead, the school department will save $6 million by delaying new programs and taking funds from other budget items to prevent reductions in popular programs and teaching positions, the Boston Globe reported.

Superintendent Tommy Chang is set to present the new proposal to the School Committee next week.

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  • Geheran1958

    Once again we are witnes to a politician caving to the forces of the status quo. What is long overdue in the management of our schools is zero-base budgeting as this methodology will clearly identify the allocation of funds that are essential to providing a quality education as opposed to non-essential administrative nice-to-haves. Mayor Walsh’s decision is another example of government’s willingness to kick-the-can-down-the-road rather than to confront the problem.