BPS students, teachers & parents stage ‘walk-ins’ to end budget cuts

BOSTON (WHDH) - Thousands of Boston Public School students, parents, and teachers staged “walk-ins” around the city on Wednesday.

They are demanding an end to budget cuts and are upset about how school funding is being divied up.

High schools students in Brighton and Mission Hill called for help saving their schools.

“Everything that they are trying to build and look up for their dreams and their goals, it’s being crushed right in front of them,” Toni Rodriguez said.

Teachers said the budget cuts make a big difference for the students.

“When I started here, we had smaller classes, we had reading interventionists, we had pull out for our new comers, the children who are learning English, children who are new to the country, and we don’t have any of that now,” teacher Mary Alice Sandy said.

The proposed budget does have an increase, but City Councilor Tito Jackson said percentage-wise, it’s worse than during the recession, leaving a $30 million gap.

“At least four schools with no librarians, those are four high schools that are required to have librarians or they will lose their accreditation,” he said. “If I had a budget before me that under funds public schools I will vote against it.”

In a couple of weeks, students and teachers are planning to stage a “walk out” where they will leave school and head to City Hall, where they will protest before meeting with officials.

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