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Superintendent Cassellius Presents Transformative Five-Year Strategic Plan

Draft Plan Prioritizes Students, Schools Most in Need

Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Brenda Cassellius presented a draft five-year strategic plan to the Boston School Committee on Wednesday, January 15 - a bold vision which outlines concrete commitments to build upon the district's progress to improve student experiences and outcomes, close opportunity gaps and increase instructional quality and rigor.

The draft strategic plan was developed and informed by the Superintendent’s robust community engagement tour. Over the last several months the Superintendent visited every school and met with more than 2,000 parents, students, educators, community members and organizations to understand their expectations for high-quality schools in every neighborhood. 

“We believe in a Boston where every single student has access to high-quality schools to reach their full potential,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I am confident that Superintendent Cassellius's draft strategic plan, which is supported by our recent $100 million commitment to students, will create more opportunity, remove inequities, and create a stronger foundation for our students to succeed.”

The strategic plan aims to accelerate the district’s efforts to offer an excellent, equitable, and highly relevant education for every student in every classroom across every neighborhood of Boston, and aligns all of BPS’ work into a cohesive vision.

“We believe in a Boston where every single student has access to high-quality schools to reach their full potential”

- Mayor Martin J. Walsh

“All of our students deserve the opportunity to have an excellent, equitable education, but unfortunately this hasn’t been the reality for all of our students. Our good intentions need to be bolstered with a bold, cohesive plan of action,” said Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. “This plan provides the roadmap for a dramatic shift in the way we serve students and schools, and the budget we’ll present in February will show our commitment to fund and operationalize the plan.”

The five commitments outlined in the plan include (1) Eliminate Opportunity and Achievement Gaps, (2) Accelerate Learning, (3) Amplify All Voices, (4) Expand Opportunity, and (5) Cultivate Trust. Each commitment is tied to a set of priorities and progress will be measured by clear and measurable goals.  The plan aspires to lift up and support schools, starting with those most in need, increase academic rigor in all grades across all schools, improve funding equity in the way resources are distributed, and provide deeper engagement with students and families.“This plan, and the thousands of voices that played a part in shaping it, are a testament to the value Bostonians place on our students and their future,” continued Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. “Together, we will hold ourselves accountable to these commitments through transparency, shared decision making, and regular reporting of our progress to better outcomes for all of our students.”

Superintendent Cassellius will present the district’s proposed budget to the School Committee on February 5. The BPS budget will reflect Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s historic announcement of $100 million in new funding over the next three years - an investment that will go directly to students and services supporting students on top of standard costs increases, such as inflation and employee costs. The budget will be closely aligned with the strategic plan and will highlight specific strategies to implement the goals outlined in the plan. 

“The Boston School Committee is committed to creating opportunity and access to a high-quality education for every child across Boston,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael Loconto. “With the Mayor’s unprecedented commitment to provide an additional $100 million in funding over costs in the next three years, this strategic plan will shape how BPS will support our students, close opportunity gaps, and improve student achievement. The Committee looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the community to move this critical work forward.”

“The Boston School Committee is committed to creating opportunity and access to a high-quality education for every child across Boston” 

- Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael Loconto

 The new plan builds upon the Boston School Committee's current strategic plan, which was created through a community-driven process in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In addition to community members who helped shape the plan, it was also informed by the work of numerous resources, reports, and stakeholder recommendations. The next phase of this process includes continued community engagement through a 30-day public comment period from January 16 through February 14. Community members can review and comment on the strategic plan at or attend an in-person review of the plan during the following public meetings:

  • January 21 at Mattapan Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • January 30 at East Boston Library, 365 S Bremen St, East Boston, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • February 6 at Condon Community Center, 200 D St, South Boston, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • February 11 at Thelma D. Burns Building, 575 Warren St, Dorchester, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

The final strategic plan will be presented to the Boston School Committee on February 26 for approval.