New Budget Passed for Boston Schools

The Boston School Committee has voted to pass a $1 billion budget proposal that had triggered weeks of protests and public hearings, WBUR Learning Lab reports. After two hours of pleas from parents and student, the committee passed the budget on March 23, 2016.

Earlier this year, Superintendent Tommy Chang said the budget could fall short by as much as $50 million, reports POLITICO Pro. Special education, transportation and central office staffing are facing cuts. More than 1,000 BPS high school students walked out of class in protest of cuts that would have affected secondary schools in early March.

“I know the school committee had a very difficult decision to make. We were provided an appropriation of $1.027 billion,” Chang said after the vote. “Difficult decisions were made, but I’m confident our team made the right decision to make sure this budget is equitable.”

The Boston City Council will vote on the budget later this spring.