Following the membership meeting today, at approx 6:00 PM, thedean of local basketball writers, Mr. Bob Ryan, will be speaking. Refreshments will be served. Those who follow all-things basketball will enjoy listening to Mr. Ryan, who has won numerous awards over his 44 years of covering college and pro basketball for the Globe. Recognized as a national expert, Mr. Ryan will entertain with his encyclopedic knowledge of basketball, especially our beloved Boston Celtics.
The BTU is starting to post on Blue Mass Group, a leading blog. The first piece gives some background on what we do.
Budget hearings are scheduled, and the school district has posted a few pieces online. If you have the time, here’s their introductory pieceand here’s a deeper read of an overview of our school budget. Both are good and well worth the effort — as far as they go. We do wish the department could have better explained how much is lost annually to charter schools. The School Department documents, chock full of miscellaneous data, only had this much to say about charters (emphasis added):
“…Charter schools: The enrollment cap is gradually increasing and more students are expected to move into public charter schools, which means additional costs for BPS (such as transportation) even as money is diverted from our system. This requires BPS to become more competitive even as our relative resources decline. Although we are experiencing an enrollment increase in early grades we continue to see enrollment declines in grades 5, 6 and 7 as charter schools expand in these grades…”
What the piece didn’t offer: Charters grab an estimated $80-$100 million per year from our city public schools.