Of course, it's impossible to talk about anything the school system wants or needs to do without talking about dollars and cents. City schools have been forced to readjust this year's budget, eliminating some staff positions. In April, former schools CEO Gregory Thornton submitted a proposed budget of $1.2 billion, and it was approved by all members of the school board in May. The number of students in city schools has gotten smaller—in the 2013-2014 school year, student enrollment was 84,730. The following year, it bounced up to 84,976, but by last year it had fallen back down to 83,666—and that has impacted the amount of funding for city schools.