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Lydia L. Ramos

Lydia L. Ramos has been appointed Boston Public Schools Supt. Tommy Chang’s new senior advisor. She blends her experience as a journalist and educator to support the work and vision of BPS.

Food Biz 101

Commonwealth Kitchen and the Economic Justice Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights have teamed up to launch a new Food Biz 101 class.

Public policies play critical role in combating MA’s poverty, report says

A recent reports suggest that employment alone is often not enough to escape poverty. Government policy also is necessary.

Burden of transit fare a factor in school choices

For some families, the costs of even discounted bus-and-T passes is enough to make them to consider changing schools.

Reclaim Roxbury meeting

Tufts University Professor Emeritus James Jennings will address the next gathering of Reclaim Roxbury Thursday, Sept. 29 at Roxbury Community College’s Student Center building.

Mayor announces updates for Boston public school facilities as students begin school year

Mayor Martin J. Walsh last week announced the physical improvements made to Boston Public Schools, overseen by BPS's Capital & Facilities Management and the City of Boston's Public Facilities Department. The investments, totaled at over $89 million, are funded primarily ...

MA schools may be battle in wider fight for profit & privatization agendas

Charter expansion in Massachusetts appears to be part of a national movement, fueled, in part, by hedge funds, corporations and wealthy philanthropists. With out-of-state organizations bankrolling local action, some professor say profit and political ideology, not just educational concerns, may ...

Bizs face hurdles to liquor licenses

The neighborhood-restricted liquor license program dropped the financial barrier that had blocked some restaurateurs from becoming authorized to serve alcohol. As this restriction was lifted, a host of other barriers emerged that prevent many from even reaching the point of ...

Chinatown residents seek say on city-owned parcels

Several dozen Chinatown activists met with city officials at the Quincy School last week to discuss strategies to stem the ongoing displacement residents are facing as pressure from for-profit developers continues to build. The activists want the Boston Redevelopment Authority ...

Boosting a black bank

Teri Williams, President of OneUnited Bank, the country’s oldest black-owned bank with origins in Boston, said that the bank started to see a significant increase in visitors to their website, new customers at their branches and online banking, and home ...

City of Boston launches early voting website and announces schedule

Boston election officials this week launched the "Vote Early Boston" website (boston.gov/early-voting) which provides voters with important information about the City of Boston's new early voting initiative. "Vote Early Boston" begins Monday, October 24 and runs through Friday, November 4. ...

Stopped, frisked and searched

Jean-Paul Wahnon has never run afoul of the law. So when a Walpole police officer rifled through his Toyota Prius on an August afternoon and repeatedly asked whether the car was his and whether he had a gun in his ...

UMass students, profs. protest education funding

Massachusetts Education Secretary James Peyser elicited boos from faculty and student activists at UMass Boston’s convocation last Thursday, when he called for the state’s public colleges and universities to operate on a “new business model” and quoted industrialist Henry Ford.

City on track for housing stock goal

Boston is making progress toward housing goals for its growing population. City officials hope bringing more units online will soften demand and drop rents.

UMass students, faculty protest cuts

At the UMass Boston convocation Thursday, Massachusetts Education Secretary James Peyser elicited boos from faculty and student activists when he called for the state’s public colleges and universities to operate on a “new business model” and quoted industrialist Henry Ford.

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