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Lee Chau Banner ID: B00218852 PS0200 Section Big Paper Summary For this assignment I chose to focus on the school budget crisis for Boston Public Schools. Using the Boston Globe , I used newspaper articles dating from January 15, 2008 to the present. Currently, there is a 1.3 billion dollar budget gap for Gov. Daval Patrick’s educational budget plan. Boston Public schools, in particular, is greatly influenced by this because Boston can no longer staff and maintain 144 schools. Enrollment has dropped to 56,000, a decline of more than 5,000 students since 2002. There are about 7,500 empty seats in the city's elementary and middle schools. Recently positioned Superintendent Carol Johnson has assumed the
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Unformatted text preview: responsibility of fixing the budget crisis using the experience from her school-closing battles in school year, a 4.2 percent increase from this year's $782.8 million general fund budget. "We must be mindful of our fiscal situation," she said, adding that she was working to incorporate her agenda into the fiscal 2009 budget. Johnson, who took over the 57,000-student system in August, faces myriad challenges. Boston schools have lost more than 7,000 students since 2000. Nearly 20 percent of students drop out, and the four-year graduation rate is a dismal 58 percent. Carol Johnson currently must cooperate with the active parents of Boston as well as Mayor Tom Menino to solve the school budget crisis....
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