The budget also includes $6 million in targeted high-impact investments to support physical and mental health and close opportunity and achievement gaps. These include adding 20 new social emotional wellness professionals, expanding Excellence for All to the 6th grade, and expanding Becoming a Man, a program that serves young men of color by providing school-based group counseling and mentoring services.
Continuing long-term investments
In FY19, BPS will also continue its three research-backed major investments: extended learning time for students, high-quality teachers, and early childhood education.
- The district is making a $20 million annual investment in adding the equivalent of 20 days of instruction to the school day for almost 60 elementary schools.
- BPS will spend $38 million in FY19 on increased salaries and benefits for educators, making them among the highest paid in the country.
- BPS has made steady progress in adding K1 seats. In FY19, the number of K1 seats 976 higher since Mayor Walsh took office.