Budgets shrink at 49 Boston public schools

Budget cuts hit 49 BPS schools, with some expecting million-dollar loses. Underperforming schools are not spared, causing some to question how a school can improve with fewer resources.

Cynthia Woo

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) announced that Cynthia Woo has joined the agency as the new director of One Chinatown Arts Center.

Report out Massachusetts criminal justice reform recommendations

The Council of State Governments released its final report of criminal justice reform recommendations for the state. Along with applauding some proposals for reducing recidivism, many legislators and activists said legislation on these proposals must be accompanied by action on ...

Body camera advocate pushing for immediate implementation in Boston

With the city’s six-month pilot project with body-worn police cameras just weeks away from completion, there are differing opinions on whether the Boston Police Department should move forward with full implementation or, as Police Commissioner Bill Evans suggests, extend the ...

Tipped workers seek to raise base wages to Massachusetts state minimum

In Massachusetts, tipped workers earn, at minimum, a $3.75 base wage plus any tips, with employers expected to make up the difference if it falls short of the state’s standard $11 minimum wage. Ralliers say tipped workers often take home ...

Rising Roxbury rents beyond most locals' means

On the market, the average Roxbury resident may encounter rental prices equal to about half of their monthly income, and units designated for affordability often remain above what they can afford, activists say.

Massachusetts senators push to end mandatory sentence minimums

With momentum building for criminal justice reform, state Senators are preparing to push for a legislative package they say will reduce the number of people incarcerated in Massachusetts and save the state money.

Felix Arroyo fights removal from Massachusetts Probate Court

The Massachusetts Trial Court placed Suffolk Register or Probate Felix D. Arroyo on paid administrative lead and ordered an independent investigation of the registry, without making any allegations of wrongdoing. Arroyo’s lawyer says he faced sabotage.

In the news: Sheila A. Hubbard

Sheila A. Hubbard was appointed Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Commentary: Confronting trauma in our schools

Trauma is usually associated with violence. But for many of the young people in our lives, like these two sisters, it can be far more than bullets on the streets — poverty, war, health issues, family incarceration or even “smaller” ...

Dorchester pop-up market features community vendors

The Ujamaa Bazaar, a pop-up market organized by the Black Economic Justice Institute, Inc., will be open every Saturday this month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the large hall at 61 Columbia Road in Dorchester. BEJI recently moved ...

Cambridge Jazz Festival celebrates Johnny Hodges

The Cambridge Jazz Festival will feature vocalist Gabrielle Goodman with saxophonist Walter Beasley in a tribute to Cambridge native Johnny Hodges. The tribute is a nod not only to black artists but to the history of African American art in ...

Portraits of Purpose photo exhibit highlights black leaders

The dynamic photo exhibition depicts black political leaders, performers and other people of color in positive situations and relationships and highlights the grit, humility and success of the community.

Renovations underway on historic Fowler Clark Epstein farmhouse

Since September, work crews have been busy tackling decades of paint that adorns the 18th century face of Mattapan’s Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. They have embarked upon a historical restoration of the building that is expected to be completed later ...

Tito Jackson proposes defense fund for immigrants facing deportation

City Councilor Tito Jackson announced last week that he had introduced legislation to create an Immigrant Legal Defense Fund for the city.