BPS presents $1.5 billion budget and its initiatives

By Zhihao Zhu

Boston Public Schools presented a $1.5 billion budget on Wednesday. This marks an $81 million increase from current spending as federal pandemic relief funding comes to an end.

Superintendent Mary Skipper said in a call with reporters Wednesday, “Where we find ourselves is with a mayor and a city that is willing to continue making education a priority…to have $81 million as an investment is incredible.”

Skipper’s budget proposal shows the $81 million investment from the city of Boston will target different initiatives. About $20 million will go towards bringing more inclusive educational opportunities for students with disabilities and multilingual learners.

More than half of the money, $44 million, will cover increased costs of services like transportation, food, maintenance and extended learning time. Skipper marked inflation as a large force behind the higher costs, according to WBUR. Other spending will target sectors like universal pre-kindergarten.

Three more hearings will take place before the School Committee will vote on the new budget. The Boston City Council will vote on it in June.