Why automotive techs are in such high demand

By all accounts, job openings in the automotive industry are plentiful. The only problem? Finding enough good people to fill them, according to David Protano, chair, Automotive Technology and instructor at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. “It’s not just technicians ...

Boston Public Schools envisions future of education and school facilities

BPS officials presented long-term visions of a more fluid educational model. That vision could guide decisions around updating facilities. Focus also was on more immediate facility needs such as repairs and improvements to bathroom cleanliness.

Tiny homes coming to Roxbury?

The Urban Housing Unit landed in Roxbury last week, occupying a vacant lot on the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Gaston Street, the rectangular white unit’s front door facing the street. Visitors could proceed through the glass entryway into ...

Appeals court backs cops in hair test case

A group of black Boston cops fired for drug use after what they said was a flawed hair test won an important legal victory last Friday when the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld an earlier ruling reinstating them with back pay ...

Boston School Committee acts against charter cap lift

The Boston School Committee unanimously voted to pass a resolution against lifting the charter cap, following public testimony in which parents lamented the divisiveness of the debate, praised their schools and presented conflicting views of financial implications of a charter ...

Giles Li appointed to serve on the newly formed Advisory Council on New Americans

Giles Li, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s executive director, was appointed by Attorney General Maura Healy to serve on the newly formed Advisory Council on New Americans.

Boston Public Schools pioneer STEM Immersion Program with Boston STEM Week

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang joined Mayor Martin Walsh, School Committee Chairperson Michael O’Neill and i2 Learning Founder Ethan Berman in kicking off STEM Week at the Perry K-8 School in South Boston.

Competing visions for future of academics at UMass Boston

Amid what many see as uncertain times, UMass Boston Provost Winston Langley removed the chairman of the Africana Studies Department, Robert Johnson, an action that sparked controversy. In an interview with the Banner last week, Langley said he removed Johnson ...

Greater Boston janitors avoid strike, reach tentative agreement

Avoiding what would have been one of the largest strikes in recent memory, the 13,000 janitors who clean and maintain thousands of office buildings in the Greater Boston area secured a tentative, four-year agreement with the Maintenance Contractors of New ...

JP American Legion agrees to adopt new policies, pay $15,000 to resolve allegations of racial discrimination

Jamaica Plain Post No. 76, Inc. of The American Legion (Post 76), agreed to adopt new anti-discrimination polices and pay $15,000 to resolve allegations of racial discrimination against vendors and patrons at a sweet sixteen birthday party, Attorney General Maura ...

Proposed ordinance combats widespread burden of credit check based discriminaton

Councilors are pushing for a law that would prevent employers negatively judging applicants and hires based on their poor credit scores. During last week’s hearing on the ordinance, they said testimony revealed the need is deeper than they had realized.

Local benefit unclear in Pine Street Inn's plan for new Bowdoin-Geneva homeless housing

Pine Street Inn’s proposal to build permanent housing for chronically or formerly homeless seniors has some residents concerned about locating another homeless facility in a poor neighborhood with several such facilities already already.

Dudley Square Main Streets then & now

As Dudley Square Main Streets Revitalization Corporation prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in a gala next week, Executive Director Joyce Stanley spoke with the Banner on two decades of promoting and supporting the Roxbury commercial district.

Broad support for ‘yes’ vote on Community Preservation Act

The ballot committee advocating for passage of a Community Preservation Act in Boston has garnered widespread endorsements and is focusing on spreading awareness of the issue before voters decide in November. While there are dissenting voices, no opposing ballot committee ...

Affordable housing activists, re-branded BRA at odds over vision for Boston

Both the name change and demonstration come as the city is in the midst of a construction boom that has generated luxury high-rises claiming space on the city’s skyline, heightened levels of real estate speculation and displaced working-class renters from ...