Bill would boost aid to schools with needed formula revamp

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz plans to file a bill that would modernize the state’s formula for calculating a minimally adequate school budget. The formula has not been updated in decades.

Francesco Tena

The City of Boston was awarded the top prize at The Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation's international convening held in Guangzhou, China. Boston's youth participatory budgeting process, “Youth Lead the Change,” was selected from 301 innovation projects submitted by 171 ...

‘Birth of a Movement’ sheds light on historic Boston protest

A new documentary, “Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America’s First Blockbuster,” recounts the story of how the film galvanized the modern Civil Rights Movement with its dual strategies of protest and legislative change.

State minimum wage rises to $11, activists keep sights set on $15

The state minimum wage rose to $11, but activists are not satisfied. They intend to file to raise the lowest pay level to $15 per hour.

Celebrating past, looking to the future: United South End Settlements turns 125

The United South End Settlements, an organization focused on uplifting low-income residents in Lower Roxbury and the South End, celebrates its 125th anniversary and plans for the future.

City loosens performance licensing

Implemented Jan. 1, the Acoustic on Main initiative removes the administrative and fee burden to many businesses seeking to host musical acts — a two-in-one offering intended to provide artists with more performance space and bring stores greater foot traffic.

Developers looking to build 1,100 units in Roxbury

In downtown Boston, cranes and rapidly rising elevator towers herald the arrival of new luxury apartment buildings with rents and condo prices that seem to match the soaring heights of the new structures. In Roxbury, there are no cranes and ...

Police hair-based drug test case advances on appeals court ruling

Plaintiffs alleging that the Boston Police Department’s hair-based drug test is racially discriminatory took a step forward last week, when a federal court of appeals ruled that a lower court judge should not have dismissed the case.

Joseph Weinstein

The Steward Health Care System and Carney Hospital announced Dr. Joseph Weinstein as Steward’s new system-wide Chief Medical Officer.

BuildBPS report examines changing student demographics

School age children are becoming a smaller percentage of Boston’s population, with the city’s overall population increase driven largely by an influx of adults. Despite this, enrollment is expected to slightly increase at BPS, according to a November BuildBPS report.

Dynamic changes shaped Boston in 2016: A year in review

Boston underwent dynamic changes in 2016 that filtered into every neighborhood. The furious pace of new construction, battles over school budgets that included hundreds taking to the streets, Black Lives Matter protests and low-wage workers demonstrating for a $15 minimum ...

Politics in review: City council, state races, the charter cap

The year brought the city council new members and a new president, while in the State House, incumbents largely defended their seats or chose to step down. A long running battle over the charter cap came before voters on the ...

Protest at criminal justice meeting

Protesters disrupted the Council of State Governments’ final meeting on criminal justice reform last week. Activists called out the process for not including what they say are important reforms and for the lack of diversity on the local CSG team.

Electeds of color hear residents’ priorities

Community members had the ears of legislators of color last week during a listening session designed to help officials shape their agendas before the new session.

Sheilah Shaw Horton

Sheilah Shaw Horton has been appointed Wellesley College’s vice president and dean of students.