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High School Budget Forum Monday, February 8

6 February 2016

letter from the School Parent Council at Boston Latin School:

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Dear BPS High School Principals,

We are writing as the co-chairs of the BLS School Parent Council to let you know about an event this coming Monday, February 8th at 6:30 PM at BLS in the auditorium in which we hope your school community will participate.

Because so many high schools are seeing draconian cuts to their budgets, we are asking all of the high schools to come together to state what those numbers really mean. We have invited City Council Education Chair Tito Jackson and Co-Chair Annissa Essaibi George to BLS to speak to the BPS high school community and to hear from parents what the impacts of the proposed cuts will be. The agenda will be:
·  Welcome from the BLS community
·  Comment from the Chair and Co-Chair
·  Testimony from the individual high schools: we are asking each school to have a parent or group of parents state the 3-5 most critical items each school is losing
·  Response from the Chair and Co-Chair
·  Q&A

Please help us make the case against the budget cuts by helping us connect with parents from your school who would be willing to come and speak at this event with us. We feel that a broad community action early in the budget process will make a real difference in the final budget outcome. BLS parents and staff want to stand together with the entire high school community in sending this message. We welcome you, your parents and your staff to join us on the 8th.

If there are parents at your school who would like to speak on behalf of their school, please have them respond to this email and we will be in touch with them to confirm.

Through the Citywide Parent Council we have heard from the following parents who are planning to speak on behalf of their schools:
·  BCLA: Maria Christina Blanco
·  EMK Academy of Health Careers: Regina McClay
·  West Roxbury Academy: Andre Dorsainvil

We have extended invitations to all of the other City Councilors to come and hear the testimony and discussion.

Attached is a flyer for the event and here is a link to the event’s facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/525108384326700/

Thank you for your support.

BLS SPC Co-Chairs Kristin and Jonathan

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