BOSTON FAMILIES AND STUDENTS TO PROTEST MAYOR WALSH’S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
Boston – On January 19, 2016, a broad-based coalition of public education stakeholders made up of families, students, educators, community members and groups representing public schools throughout Boston will come together at Mayor Walsh’s 2016 State of the City Address to protest budget shortfalls which negatively impact all of our Boston Public Schools.
We are protesting the Walsh administration’s failure to aggressively advocate for adequate funding and to make the investments needed to create success for every single student in all of our Boston Public Schools.
DATE: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
TIME: 4:30 pm
LOCATION: Intersection of Westland Ave and Mass Ave, Under BSO sign
We are demanding that Mayor Walsh, at a minimum, do the following:
Join in solidarity with Boston’s students, families and community members to aggressively advocate for our Boston Public Schools at state and federal levels;
Through strategic planning and ambitious revitalization, reduce the BPS budget shortfalls of $50 million this year and $140 million over the last three years;
Invest in fully-resourced community public schools with wraparound services for Boston’s children;
Work with the true stakeholders of Boston Public Schools: students, families, educators and community members to fully audit BPS’ budget in order to assess community needs and address inequalities;
and, Collaborating with the true stakeholders, demand democratically controlled public schools through an elected Boston School Committee.
In Boston, the stakeholders have come together to build a new vision for our public schools and our children—one that champions great public schools as the heart of our neighborhoods and ensures that every student, regardless of zip code, receives the highest quality education available.
Our stakeholders have developed a community-driven movement for the benefit of all of our students and we will hold all of our elected officials accountable to us as their constituents and voters.
Contact: Karen Kast-McBride Mary Lewis-Pierce (617) 877-2871 857-891-3271