After a heated election, Martin J. Walsh was inaugurated mayor of Boston on January 6, 2014. Since that time, he has presented 3 years of devastating budget cuts to the Boston School Committee.
- In March of 2014, the school committee approved 100 million in cuts and removed busing from middle school students.
- In March of 2015, the school committee approved 40 million in cuts and closed two schools.
- This year, the school committee is being presented with another budget that makes 40 million in cuts.
Boston Public Schools is now forced to cut into Special Education because there is nothing else to cut back on.
I want to ask you what do you see when you drive around Boston? Do you see the construction of luxury condominiums? Do you see the folks driving around in their luxury vehicles? Do you see the development that is happening all over the city?
We live in one of the richest cities, in one of the richest states, in one of the richest countries in the world. Yet, we can’t manage to fund our schools at a functional level. This is not a money problem. This is political leaders intentionally draining our schools of resources. The mayor and the governor are choosing to set our schools up to fail.
Do you think I’m being too harsh? Consider this. The one and only time Mayor Walsh appeared before the state legislature to talk about education, he used the opportunity to lobby for more charter schools. He has not gone to the legislature where he has deep roots to advocate for desperately needed funding for the school system.
The draining of public school dollars is intended to bring us to our knees so that we don’t protest when they close our schools. It is intended to divide school communities against each other. It is intended to make well funded charters look more attractive.
There is a constitutional mandate to fund our schools that our leaders are violating.
Remember, this is a choice our leaders are making.
Remember this the next time your school asks for donations so they can buy paper.
Remember this the next time you notice that school’s bathroom is filthy and lacking soap.
Remember this when teachers are fired from your school.
Remember this at election time.
And in the meantime, please sign this petition to Mayor Walsh and Superintendent Chang to stop the defunding of our schools system: