Last night at the Parent Council at my son’s elementary school in Jamaica Plain, it was announced the Boston Public Schools are requesting that schools prepare for drastic budget cuts. It’s been reported that these cuts will be for as much as 20% of the current budget. The immediate effects of such cuts to my son’s school and to other schools in the city will be loss of staff, Playworks, learning interventions, the learning center, and even shortening the school day. Public schools are already making do with limited budgets while being assailed from all sides in political battles, so further cuts will have drastic consequences to providing quality innovative education to all children in the city. So far there has been coverage on Universal Hub (http://www.universalhub.com/2014/bps-schools-told-prepare-cuts) and social media, but the news has not been disseminated through traditional media.
If you live in Boston and value public education, please join me in the following steps:
- Attend a Boston School Committee meeting. The schedule is here: http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/253
- Write a letter expressing your concern to BPS Superintendent McDonough (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) ,Mayor Marty Walsh (email@example.com), and the School Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org). Feel free to copy other city leaders and local media.
- Share your thoughts on Twitter to https://twitter.com/bostonschools and https://twitter.com/marty_walsh. Use the hashtag #bospoli to draw attention to your tweet! And retweet others in our community).
- Share your thoughts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VoteMartyWalsh?fref=ts and https://www.facebook.com/bostonschools?fref=ts
- Do whatever else you can to share this news with others, make your feelings known, and in general make a big noise to let the BPS know that we will not accept cuts to our schools.
Below is the content of the email sent to the Mayor and Superintendent. Please feel free to crib what you like for your own message. It does not have to long, or eloquent. Just write to make sure that your thoughts are heard.