Mayor Walsh Calls for More School Funding in State of City Address

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By Ana Beatriz Goncalves 1/19/2015

Mayor Marty Walsh used his second State of the City address Tuesday night to highlight many of his accomplishments over the last year.  He also laid out a plan for furthering his goals moving forward.

“A year ago I stood on this stage and invited you to help build a thriving, healthy, and innovative future for our city. We are creating that vision together, in Imagine Boston 2030, our first citywide plan in 50 years,” he said, “And we are making it a reality, by achieving the goals we set last year.”

However, some of his proposals, specifically budget cuts in the schools, have faced opposition with protesters standing outside Symphony Hall.

“To be honest, I voted for Walsh. If I knew that would mean nine of my colleagues would be forced to leave, I’d reconsider that vote,” said Banjineh Browne, a teacher at the Boston Community Leadership Academy. “Education should be the No. 1 concern. Everybody in there has been to school.”

Walsh called on the state Legislature to fund an expanded pre-K program to close the achievement gap, as well as hiring a new superintendent and new principals; but those protesting outside Symphony Hall are still opposed to any school budget cuts.