Day 5: Thank you for being a part of this moment – Now let's build a movement.

Welcome to 5th and final day of Budget Equity Week!

We’re still synthesizing everything that we heard from you this week, but we are so appreciative that so many of you took the time to engage with us. From survey responses to the forum on Tuesday to social media, we feel all the more certain we are in agreement that the BPS budget needs a hard reset.

62% of you asked for a full time nurse, 51% asked for more arts instruction, 42% of you asked for more social emotional support, 37% of you asked for a librarian, and on and on. We are heartened by your commitment to improving our public schools; we are heartbroken that your humble requests for basic educational essentials are ignored by those in power year after year.

Today we have another simple request. Spread the word about the Boston Coalition for Education Equity. Ask your friends and families to follow our Facebook page and our Twitter account. Make a commitment to come to our next event of April 9th with Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale – and bring 5 friends!

Together we have made a moment – now let’s go build a movement.


Day 4: BNN's Talk of the Neighborhoods

We have an easy request today – kick back after a long day and watch Coalition members Tanisha Sullivan, President of the NAACP’s Boston Branch, and Kristin Johnson from JP Progressives Steering Committee talk with BNN’s Joe Heisler about the mission of the Boston Coalition of Education Equity and Budget Equity Week.

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Talk of the Neighborhoods airs live on Comcast 9, RCN 15, or Verizon 1961 at 7:00pm. The show also streams on and will be archived on BNN’s website.

We delivered the following testimony at Boston School Committee last night along with the 44 responses we have received so far from our survey. As we read our testimony, hundreds of teachers, parents, and students rallied for fully funded schools all around the Bolling Building. Change is in the air – can you feel it? Join us!


Good evening Chairman Loconto, Superintendent Perille and Members of the Boston School Committee,

I’m here tonight on behalf of the newly formed Boston Coalition for Education Equity. Our membership includes the Boston Branch of the NAACP, Lawyers for Civil Rights, QUEST, BEJA, Boston Network for Black Student Achievement, Citizens for Public Schools, Downtown Progressives, JP Progressives, Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale, Healthy Food for Boston Schools Action Network, and SURJ, with more organizations joining us every day. We share a unified goal of dismantling systemic educational inequity in Boston.

We have spent this week listening to families dream bigger for their children by asking your stakeholders this simple question: “What are the elements of a quality education?” The responses have been overwhelming – with more than 40 contributions online and dozens in person at a forum last night – diverse voices from all over the city are singing the same refrain: our children deserve so much more.

Our survey respondents did not ask for STEM labs, or international field trips, or tablets or other expensive technology. Their requests were incredibly modest: nurses, libraries with librarians, reading and math specialists, inclusion support, art and music, safe outdoor spaces, clean restrooms, healthy food, family engagement, counselors of all varieties, a school secretary, bus monitors.

Why do our families need to ask for basic educational components that are available to nearly every suburban district that borders our city? We demand a solution and an answer to the question: what is going wrong? Has weighted student funding delivered on its promise of providing equity, or has it built the educational futures of 56,000 children on a foundation made of quicksand?

We call on you to change the way you build school budgets. Begin by deciding on the components of the quality education that BPS will provide every student. Give each school the funds it needs to provide that education. Then include extra money for children who face extra challenges, the justification for weighted student funding. But guarantee that every student receives the core components of a quality education.

We understand the financial constraints due to the declining state aid to BPS and encourage everyone in this room to join us at the State House on Friday March 22nd to support the Promise Act. But even if we increase revenue to BPS, the instability and volatility will persist if we don’t first define our priorities, and then align the structure of the budget with these priorities.

We must act now because Boston’s children cannot continue to wait for a moment when it’s politically convenient to address this prime driver of the equity crisis in our schools.

Day 3: Boston School Committee Budget Hearing

Welcome to Day 3 of Budget Equity Week!

We’ve been talking all week about the way things are vs. the way things should be in Boston Public Schools. Right now our schools are making difficult budget choices: Keep the reading specialist -or- the librarian. Reduce art instruction -or- eliminate valuable partnerships.

Our children deserve more. Our city deserves more. You deserve more.

So tonight: we want you to come with us the Boston School Committee Budget Hearing at 5pm in the Bolling Building to ask for a fully funded quality education for ALL students. Meet us at the Bolling Building lobby at 4:30pm. Speaking is not a requirement, but if you would like to speak at School Committee Hearing call (617) 635-9014 or send an email to You may also sign up when you arrive at the Bolling Building. RSVP here.

To get inspired, watch this video from former BPS principal and current Brookline School Committee member Suzanne Federspiel talking about the stark differences between Brookline and Boston Public Schools. Watch this. Dream bigger. Speak your truth. Be the change.

Days 2: BPS Budgeting: Hunger Games vs Quality for All

Welcome to Day 2 of Budget Equity Week!

Today we want to hear from you about what you value in a school. Is it an art teacher that inspires? A bus monitor that makes sure your child arrives home safely? A computer teacher that gives your child 21st century skills? Come tell us in person at our forum tonight.

BPS Budgeting: Hunger Games vs Quality for All

St. Stephen’s Youth Programs

419 Shawmut Ave, Boston

March 19th, 6pm to 7:30pm

More info and RSVP on Facebook