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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- Spring '08
- Boston Public Schools, school budget crisis