The Bay State Banner - Parents hold mock meeting as School Committee votes on budget
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Boston Public Schools parents and students marched from the Blackstone School in the South End to the School Committee chamber in the Bruce Bolling Municipal Building, where they occupied the seats and tables reserved for the body and the district’s interim superintendent.
For about a half hour, the parents held a mock school committee meeting, advocating for a budget they said would fully fund schools.
“Rather than create a Hunger Games situation where some schools win and some schools lose and some students receive a great education and some students don’t, we the school committee are committed to listening to the community and providing a quality education for all,” said Blackstone parent Alexandra Olivero.
During the mock school committee meeting, before the city’s appointed committee members convened to vote on the district’s 2020 school year budget, parents from the Blackstone and other schools due to receive cuts shared their vision for the district.
City Councilor Lydia Edwards said schools in District 1, which includes East Boston, Charlestown and the North End, are losing a total of $2.6 in funding, including a $1.2 million cut to East Boston High School.