Tosha Baker

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the appointment of Tosha Baker as the director of the Office of Food Initiatives for the City of Boston. Baker, a Dorchester resident, brings over a decade of food and nutrition experience to her new ...

Mayor launches Build BPS: a 10-year educational and facilities master plan

Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched Build BPS Tuesday, a ten year educational and facilities master plan for Boston Public Schools that will provide a strategic framework for facilities investments, as well as reform that is aligned with the Mayor's vision ...

Programs that help women business owners expand their opportunities

Women-owned businesses are on the rise — most accounts find they make up about 30 percent of all privately held firms in the U.S. — but there is concern that many of these business top out early.

Protecting children in the modern age: DCF gets needed reforms

Confusing and outdated policies, underfunding and excessive caseloads have severely limited the Department of Children and Families’ ability to protect vulnerable children. Monday, Governor Charlie Baker unrolled plans for updating DCF policies that have not been seriously reexamined in nearly ...

Roxbury Open Studios kicks off Thursday, runs through Sunday October 4

More than 90 local artists will share original artwork Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, in studios and exhibit venues in the six distinct neighborhoods of Roxbury, including Fort Hill, Dudley Square, Mt. Pleasant, Lower Roxbury, Egleston Square and ...

BPS parents discuss charters

With a lawsuit, a ballot initiative and legislation filed by Gov. Charlie Baker all aimed at lifting the state’s cap on charter schools, district school supporters are sounding a note of caution, warning that new charter seats will siphon public ...

Life at ground zero in Boston's class war

In Chinatown row houses, struggling families are seeing their rents double and triple, as well-heeled professionals seeking proximity to their downtown jobs rediscover city living. Looming above the warren of narrow streets are new steel-and-glass luxury towers, including the Millennium ...

Healey Administration frames AGO as ‘the people’s law firm’

Residents of any neighborhood, speaking any language, should feel welcome to call upon Attorney General Maura Healey’s office for legal aid in matters criminal and non-criminal. That was the message put forth at an ethnic media roundtable hosted by the ...

The Bay State Banner's 50th Anniversary Event

Join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Colleges flush with cash saddle poorest students with debt

ProPublica analysis based on new data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that students from low-income families graduate from NYU saddled with huge federal loans. The school’s Pell Grant recipients – students from families that make less than $30,000 ...

When the clock struck prejudice: Islamophobia from Texas to India

Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realise. On the face of it, the two incidents appear poles apart.

Beverly Morgan-Welch

Beverly Morgan-Welch, long-time executive director The Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket is leaving the organization to assume a senior-level position at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

Legislators, activists advocate for increase in early education

Massachusetts may be a national leader in K–12 education, but it is falling behind in pre-kindergarten education, according to many of the education and children’s advocates, parents, officials, and legislators who testified at a State House hearing last week.

Government agencies crack down on fraudulent mortgage practices

City, state and federal agencies have been stepping up efforts to stamp out fraudulent mortgage practices that target communities of color — pricing discrimination and redlining among them.

SBA expands reach

The federal government is trying to do a better job helping small businesses in underserved communities grow, and is reaching out to community organizations as partners in doing so.