Yesterday I got an email from another parent, saying that most if not all Boston public schools are facing substantial budget cuts next year.
For example, Winship Elementary (where my son goes) shows a WSF allocation of $2,867,109 for FY14 (http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/cms/lib07/MA01906464/Centricity/Domain/108/Budget%20Resources/7._fy14_wsf_budgets_by_school_20130202.pdf page 115) and a projected WSF allocation of $2,349,227 for FY15 (http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/cms/lib07/MA01906464/Centricity/Domain/184/FY15%20budget%20resources/FY15%20Allocations_2015.02.05.pdf page 3) — a decrease of $517,882 or 18%.
Are schools getting that big a cut? Or am I comparing numbers that sound as though they correspond, but don’t really? Or is the budget shifting from WSF (weighted student funding) allocation to some other mechanism? Or what?