Parents mobilize to protest possible cuts at schools

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Parents across Boston are mobilizing to protest possible budget cuts at their schools next year, writing letters to school and state officials, turning out at School Committee meetings, and starting a Facebook page to advocate for additional funding.

The possible cuts, which vary from school to school, include classroom aides and other positions, supplies and materials, and funding for specialized programs, such as Playworks, which provides organized games and activities at recess as a supplement to physical education.

One of the hardest-hit schools could be the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, which may have to reduce spending by about $550,000. The plan calls for cutting 14 positions, including a music teacher, a bilingual parent coordinator, and “community field coordinators” who deal with discipline.

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