Boston Public Schools in Crisis

The families and teachers of thousands of Boston students have risen up this fall, in waves of fierce opposition to School Superintendent Carol Johnson’s proposal to close 11 schools and merge 10 schools into five. Meanwhile, charter schools are lining up to take their place. The school chief says the plan is necessary to close a $63 million budget gap, but many question that analysis. The disruption for thousands of students, many who are English language learners, those with special needs (including many on the autism spectrum), and living in poverty, will create chaos throughout the school system.

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