On February 7, BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang submitted a $1.1 billion budget proposal for next year. He is pushing for the state to increase its aid to the city. The Herald reports:
Over the past five years, BPS officials say the state’s Chapter 70 funding has only increased by $8 million and the city has been underfunded by $100 million in charter school reimbursement money. Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed budget would decrease net state aid to Boston by $17 million for next year. For next year, the city is losing $27 million in charter school aid.
“This is the largest allocation ever from the city,” Chang told reporters today. “The city has continued to support BPS despite declining state aid….The cost of educating young people is getting higher. We may see a decrease in charter reimbursement this year even though the assessment is higher. We got to make sure our young people are getting what they need.”
BTU President Jessica Tang weighed in on the proposed budget:
“Too many of our schools lack adequate staffing including nurses, librarians, social workers and teachers. The governor’s budget fails public education students, and we are calling on the legislature to rectify that because the consequences are being felt painfully in Boston right now. It’s very challenging for the city to backfill years of systemic state under-funding without additional revenue.”