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Legislators advance school funding bill

For decades, Massachusetts policymakers have tried to address the achievement gap between low and high-income districts by desegregating public schools, creating the METCO program and implementing the 1993 Education Reform Act. Today, legislators say the education funding formula within the ...

Black Gold: Berklee celebrates music of the African diaspora

On Monday, Feb. 5, Berklee College of Music kicked off its Black History Month programming with “Black Gold Series, Chapter 1,” a celebration of historically black music, and a keynote speech by Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Bared souls

“Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act,” on stage through March 3 at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, is a bold show, and not just because it’s performed in the nude. Set in apartheid South Africa, the play by ...

Claudia Rankine examines race through multiple platforms

Poet and essayist Claudia Rankine has been examining, in a series of acclaimed books, how racial assumptions shape daily life. She also has extended her investigations beyond books to such public channels as readings and talks — and now, a ...

Logan airport workers strike ends after outpouring of support

Contract workers employed by JetBlue subcontractors FSS and ReadyJet at Boston Logan Airport ended their strike for union representation, better wages and benefits after two days.

Made with love

It wasn’t Valentine’s Day when Tita De La Garza prepared turkey mole. Were Cupid running the show, that meal would have been for her and Pedro, who loved Tita as much as she loved him.

City seeking info on developing public assets with housing

The city’s Housing Innovation Lab recently released a Request for Information to measure interest and consider ideas for redeveloping city assets such as libraries and fire stations into mixed-use housing and public service facilities.

A dream deferred: Progress elusive on Parcel P3

Boston is rebuilding. Cranes are everywhere, but they are missing from the section of Roxbury where development has been long awaited. The ill-fated “Southwest Expressway” plan that was launched in Lower Roxbury in the 1960s has left an 8 acre ...

Reverse Robin Hood: Corporate crooks prey on consumers

The audacity of the Wells Fargo robberies indicate that well paid business executives are not at all reluctant to steal from the working class Americans.

Massachusetts must shed shameful label as ‘worst state for Latinos’

Shamefully, Massachusetts now holds the designation as the “Worst State for Hispanics and Latinos,” in terms of economic inequality, according to a study by 24/7 Wall Street, which was published in USA Today.

In the news: Edward O. Owens, Jr.

Charlie Baker has appointed Edward O. Owens, Jr. to the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation Board of Directors. Mr. Owens is a Certified Public Accountant and Chief Financial Officer of Owens Companies, Inc., the oldest minority-owned and operated company in New ...

Planning agency drafts policy agenda to advance equity

Based on an inventory of social, economic and health indicators, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council has found that from 2011 to 2017, conditions that contribute to inequality in Greater Boston are persisting or getting worse. To help address these disparities, ...

You can’t hurry love

Huntington Theatre Company’s “Bad Dates” begins with shoes. Hundreds of pairs of shoes stacked in single mother Haley Walker’s bedroom. The restaurant manager is finally ready to get back into the dating scene, and that can’t be done without the ...

Moving business forward

Entrepreneur Savant Musa, founder of FRWD, says financial literacy is one of the most common issues hurting Americans. He cites the statistic from the Federal Reserve that over 46 percent of Americans have less than $400 in their savings account, ...

Report: MBTA is vital for economy, worthy of investment

The MBTA system delivers an annual benefit of $11.4 billion to Greater Boston on an operating budget of just over $2 billion, the researchers calculated. That $11.4 billion — in reduced travel time and cost, reduced emissions and crashes avoided ...