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School Committee approves budget

The Boston School Committee voted 5-2 to approve a controversial 2018 budget that includes $13 million in cuts to 49 schools over the protests of students, parents and teachers who testified against the cuts.

State’s 2040 transit ideas unveiled

The state’s Focus40 planning group offered a presentation at MIT’s Media Lab last week with panels and a short overview of proposals to guide Massachusetts’ transportation investments and initiatives over the next 23 years.

UMass Boston professors say budget risks school mission and quality

Professors say the budget cuts impede their ability to do their jobs — both as teachers and researchers at the state’s only public research university.

BPS budget comes under fire

Cuts to schools dominated the debate during last night’s Boston School Committee meeting as students, parents and teachers appealed for more funding in the last meeting before the body votes on the proposed $1.061 billion budget next week.

Dorchester pastor speaks in defense of Codman Square parking lot

Until significant transit improvements are made, the city’s promotion of a less car-dependent future clashes with reality is parts of the outer neighborhoods. A local pastor's defense of the Codman Square parking lot brings to light how cars remain a ...

Felix Arroyo alleges bias in Probate Court's performance review

Felix Arroyo, who has repeatedly called for an open investigation, published dozens of pages of material on his website in support of his claims that the suspension he was handed on February 3 is unjust and unwarranted. These documents include ...

Boston's District 7 City Council field takes shape, Henriquez joins race

Former-state Rep. Carlos Henriquez is the latest of about nine seeking to represent Roxbury along with parts of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the Fenway and the South End in city council.

Vijay Iyer at Sanders Theatre

Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer, DownBeat Magazine’s 2015 Artist of the Year, is also a scholar. He holds a PhD in the cognitive science of music, and, while carrying on an omnivorous schedule of collaborations with dancers, poets and visual artists, he ...

Elijah Evans

The Bikes Not Bombs board of directors is pleased to announce that Elijah Evans has been selected through a joint Board and Staff process as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Boston City Council to further study anti-displacement Jim Brooks Stabilization Act

Some city councilors said the anti-displacement ordinance seemed toothless, while others worried about burdens on landlords and some councilors questioned the scope and necessity of the law.

Trump administration draft budget calls for $6 billion Housing and Urban Development cut

The selection of Ben Carson, who has spoken out against public benefits programs, was seen by many as a lack of commitment to HUD. Last week, the Trump administration’s draft HUD budget leaked to the press showed a $6 billion ...

Natural skincare in Jamaica Plain

Inside a tiny storefront on Jamaica Plain’s South Street, the light-filled interior of Faith’s Naturals feels surprisingly spacious. White walls, a high white tin-paneled ceiling and light-toned wood shelves, coupled with a few deep-pink accents, create an inviting look to ...

Report details racially disparate suspension rates in Massachusetts

With black students in Massachusetts on average losing three times as many days of instruction than white peers for suspensions for minor offenses, researchers call for accountability reporting on lost class time.

Activists press Santander bank to deal locally

Under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, banks are required to extend credit to businesses and residents of low-income communities where bank services historically have been lacking. While those agreements have traditionally been negotiated with community-based organizations and nonprofits, Santander ...

Boston teachers’ union holds walk-in to protest stalled contract negotiations

Teachers’ union negotiations has stalled while an expensive police union contract sailed through relatively briskly. The disparity in negotiating power is nothing new between the two groups.

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