In the upcoming fiscal year, the BCPSS deficit is projected to be $129 million, the largest in two decades of almost constant massive annual deficits. And then there was the scathing federal audit in 2013 that found BCPSS spent thousands on dinner cruises, makeovers and meals that should have been directed to the classroom. Most importantly, there is the fact that less than 20 percent of city public school students in grades 3 through 8 meet or exceed expectations in English and math, according to the latest Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. Of the English results, BCPSS CEO Sonja Santelises in September 2016 said, "... we are not giving large numbers of our students the skills needed to master increasingly complex texts of different kinds. These results show that systemic changes are needed in the way we teach literacy and language arts, beginning in the earliest grades."