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Burlington, MA: More school nurses, psychologists; 'increase in the needs of students'

May 15, 2018, Burlington (MA) Patch: Advocate Says Burlington School Budget Falls Short In Key Areas Despite a 3.5% increase, the school budget does not keep pace with increased enrollment in key areas of emotional development. The nursing-to-student and student-to-psychologist ratios in Burlington Public Schools are insufficient to address the needs of the student population, according to Burlington Educators Association President Diana Marcus. Marcus outlined her concerns over the school system's $62.3 million operating budget for 2018-19 at last week's school committee meeting. The budget, Marcus added, is not going far enough to address the needs of students who have had adverse childhood experiences. … "We have only begun to address the social, emotional, and psychological needs of students, but we will now go into the 2018-19 school year with fewer guidance counselors and assistant principals than we should, given the growing enrollment and increase in the needs of students," Marcus said. …

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