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Dudley Street 2030: Group plans for future of neighborhood

Roxbury residents registered their concerns and hopes for the future of Boston during a Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative planning exercise last week. During the event, which was attended by Mayor Martin Walsh and other city officials, residents visited different areas ...

Northeastern University equips semiautomatic rifles

Northeastern University’s new safety plan has drawn praise from some and left other students, community members and officials feeling less safe than before. The plan: train campus police to use semiautomatic rifles against high-level threats. Last Wednesday, Josh Zakim and ...

#BlackatBLS campaign gets school officials’ ears

Two members of Boston Latin School’s Black Leaders Aspiring for Change and Knowledge, 17-year-old Meggie Noel, president of the organization, and 18-year-old Kylie Webster-Cazeau, launched a social media campaign in which they called upon peers and alumni to share experiences ...

Grievances & promises aired at meeting on Bartlett Place charter school

The latest chapter of the controversy over Nuestra Comunidad’s push to plant a charter school in a Roxbury development project unfolded at a community meeting at the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury last week. School supporters say Conservatory Lab Charter ...

Advocates debate millionaire tax

Supporters and opponents testified at the State House last week on a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose an extra 4 percent state tax on annual income over $1 million in order to generate funds for public education and transportation ...

BPS budget fears spur call to action

The Boston Education Justice Alliance convened an emergency town hall meeting of parents, students, administrators and education activists to discuss the trials facing Boston Public Schools, high among them the estimated $50 million budget debt, drainage of money to charters, ...

Fears and protests in wake of ICE raids on Central American families

Announcements of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids on undocumented Central American immigrants last week sent tremors of fear across the nation’s immigrant communities. Immigration activists and immigrants charge that the aggressive crackdown turns a blind eye to a desperate humanitarian ...

Coalition seeks solutions for black, Latino students

More than 200 students, educators and school administrators gathered in Boston last month to share strategies and insights on the challenges facing black and Latino students in the nation’s education system. The meeting was convened by the Coalition of Schools ...

Foreclosure activists fight to halt law

If enacted, An Act Clearing Titles to Foreclosed Properties would drastically reduce the time that victims of wrongful foreclosure have to sue to get their property back. It would drop from 20 years down to one or three years, depending ...

Campaign to end no-fault eviction wins new attention

The Right to Remain Coalition seeks to seize momentum after their campaign for legislation against no-fault eviction received a flurry of media and political attention.

When BPS gains students but not funding is focus of hearing

City Councilor Tito Jackson convened a hearing last week to examine another piece of Boston Public School’s funding woes: students who return to BPS from charter schools mid-year. BPS faces the costs to educate the child on a budget only ...

Roxbury comprehensive health center to become charter school

A project to turn the former Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center into the Bridge Boston Charter School site holds the promise of a permanent home for the school and easy access for students, while raising residents’ worries of a traffic headache.

Yancey feted during final council meeting

As Charles Yancey’s 32-year political career comes to an end, supporters, fellow politicians and family members lauded him for his dedication to the district and commitment to human rights.

Group calls for youths to form national movement

Local organizers of the Opportunity Youth United movement gathered youth workers, public officials and other supporters at the State House last week to share stories and call for a national agenda aimed at increasing opportunities and fighting poverty among youth. ...

Fenway fights to keep affordability

In the latest manifestation of Boston’s housing crisis, residents and activists marched last week from Clearway St. to Berklee College of Music’s to protest what they say could be the loss of the last non-subsidized affordable housing in the Fenway ...

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