Just saw that Everett schools are about lay off 110 people, 58 of them teachers. They’ve got a $7M shortfall. The linked news report blames it on the state aid formula for disadvantaged students. While I know there’s severe problems with that formula, that doesn’t explain how the system hit a shortfall in the middle of the school (and city/state fiscal) year. The FY18 budget should have been set last year. If they didn’t have the money, we shouldn’t be learning about that in February.
The mid-year slash job is particularly troublesome because Everett has seen the most explosive student population rate in the state, 35.4% from 2006-16. That might be a major factor lurking under the covers here.
What’s really baffling is didn’t Everett make a deal with the devil (aka Steve Wynn) for giant piles of cash in exchange for approving his casino? I know it’s not open yet, but it’s halfway up and the city should be rolling in money thanks to the construction permit fees alone. This is the opposite of what was supposed to be happening in Everett. Seriously, how does this city suddenly have no money?
Finally, if you watch the video in the first link, it ends with Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria talking about how he’s trying to minimize the shock of the layoffs, “but I also have an obligation to taxpayers.” Apparently that doesn’t include taxpayers with kids in Everett public schools. The people of Everett ought to be burning that guy in effigy right about now. His responsibility to the taxpayers was to get the budget right in the first place to avoid this kind of steaming mess.