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Mayor's "State of the City" Address

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Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is proposing a $1 million program to improve services for children, and also redrawing the city's school busing plan to save money for education.

In his annual State of the City address Tuesday night, he said his "Next Boston Miracle" program would reduce violent crime, boost test scores and decrease dropout rates.

He said revising the city's busing plan could save up to $10 million in annual transportation costs. He said the city has enough high-performing schools to provide choice with less busing.

Menino said his youth services program will coordinate and improve efforts by schools, neighborhood branch libraries and local community centers.

He also says the increased number of police patrolling the streets has helped reduce violent crime by nine percent, homicides by 11% and shootings by 14% last year.

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