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Despite weather, Boston schools to present budget tonight

The Boston School Committee, despite today’s snowstorm that cancelled classes, will meet tonight as scheduled, officials announced.

Interim Superintendent John McDonough will present his budget proposal for the next school year. Under city rules, he must submit the budget to the School Committee by the first Wednesday in February.

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McDonough is expected to propose $973 million in spending, a nearly 4 percent increase over this year.

Despite the increase, school officials say it will be a tight budget because costs are rising at a faster rate and the school system is losing millions of dollars in state and federal aid.

McDonough warned hundreds of members of the central office staff on Tuesday that their jobs would not be guaranteed beyond June 30, under a restructuring plan to save money and to better serve schools. Decisions on jobs will be made in the coming weeks.

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Meanwhile, a growing number of parents are mobilizing to protest budget cuts at their schools and to advocate for more money from the city and state.

Tonight's The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at School Department headquarters on Court Street.

James Vaznis can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @globevaznis.
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