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BPS lays out new plans to combat bias, achievement gaps

Boston Public Schools officials charged with promoting equity and closing achievement gaps appeared at a budget hearing with city councilors last week. Instead of making funding requests, officials focused on outlining progress achieve thus far, along with planned initiatives.

Students, teachers make case for BPS social studies, history classes

Budgetary constraints and the pressure schools face to raise students’ scores on math and English language arts MCAS tests have whittled down history and social studies instruction at Boston middle and high schools. Students and teachers testified on the importance ...

Small businesses honored

Last week was President Barack Obama’s last National Small Business Week and he took the opportunity to cement his economic legacy. Events around the country — and in Massachusetts — helped to highlight the strong state of the small business ...

Forum examines Roxbury’s surging real estate market

The Boston branch of the NAACP hosted a forum on Roxbury’s real estate market at the Bolling Building last week. Presentations tracked the increase in real estate values and rents in Roxbury, Dorchester and Boston as a whole over the ...

Justice Sotomayor visits Boston

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke about the importance of community during an appearance at Wheelock College.

Rep. Fox looks back on 16 terms of service

After 16 terms in the state legislature, Seventh Suffolk District state Rep. Gloria Fox decided not to run for reelection. She told the Banner she intends to take some time for her family and to travel, before continuing work with ...

Body camera hearing leaves questions

The Boston City Council held its first hearing on the anticipated police body camera pilot program. The event largely served as an open forum for attendees to present concerns and questions, but regular advocates in the body camera debate seemed ...

City’s racial makeup at risk in housing market

The number of buyers finding homes in Boston has been shrinking, reflecting a wider trend of increasing prices, stagnating wages and displacement. Add to that a recently-released report finding that blacks and Latinos are consistently denied mortgages at rates substantially ...

What to wear now: New rules for interview attire

You’ve survived a few phone screenings, and now the hiring manager is ready to see you in person. You’ve done thorough research on the company, practiced answering the most common interview questions and figured out some great questions to ask ...

Monica Valdes Lupi

Monica Valdes Lupi has joined the Boston Public Health Commission as executive director.

A Healthy Love of Chocolate

When you talk to Pamela and David Griffin about Chocolate Therapy, the savvy entrepreneurs give a great pitch about how the chocolate-making business is the perfect use of their backgrounds and experience in retail and manufacturing. But the couple can’t ...

securing capital for your business

While poor management is cited most frequently as the reason businesses fail, inadequate or ill-timed financing is a close second. Whether you’re starting a business or expanding one, sufficient ready capital is essential.

Author and teacher Erin McCormick brings her startup smarts to UMass Boston

Erin McCormick is the new Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at UMass Boston. The Center believes that entrepreneurship is about learning how to see opportunity and create value. She is working to promote entrepreneurs of all kinds, including “intrapreneurs,” or ...

Innovative Cambridge College Program

The statistics are sobering. According to the latest numbers from Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services, the number of opioid overdose deaths in 2014 rose to 1,173 — the highest they have been since 2000. Cambridge College School of ...

The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are not do-gooder causes. There is growing evidence that having a diverse workforce drives business results, and the vast majority of global companies know there is good reason to understand and build inclusive culture.