Parents, councilors mull return to elected school committee

At the same time the Boston School Committee voted on Wednesday to elect member Michael Loconto president of the mayor-appointed body, a parent group took to Facebook and Twitter to gauge support for an alternative: an elected committee. By mid-Thursday, ...

City backs down on school start times

Boston School Superintendent announced today that BPS will not implement changes in school start times that would have shifted nearly half of all elementary school students to bell times at 7:30 a.m. or earlier.

Civil rights groups: early start times won't produce equity

Amid the firestorm of protest from parents over the Boston Public Schools’ planned changes to elementary school start times, Superintendent Tommy Chang invoked the concept of racial equity to justify the move.

Parents flood School Committee meeting, urge rollback of start time change

Elementary school parents flooded last night’s School Committee meeting, speaking against next year’s 7:15 a.m. start time and 1:15 p.m. end time for many elementary schools. Dozens of parents urged the School Committee to scrap the planned changes during the ...

BPS responds to parent pushback

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang emailed a letter to parents yesterday touting positive feedback from high school communities, while acknowledging the fierce pushback from elementary school parents.

Parents mobilize over new BPS start times

Sunday, parents gave voice to that outrage, with more than 150 people filling a function room at Doyle’s Café in Jamaica Plain for a meeting on the start-time changes and collecting more than 5,200 signatures in an online petition to ...

IRS audit of city raises questions

When news broke that the city had been audited by the Internal Revenue Service Monday, the focus of coverage was on Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang and his apparent failure to notify School Committee members and the mayor of ...

Jackson’s mayoral bid raised issues of equity

Mayor Martin Walsh’s victory in the Nov. 7 election came as no surprise to most observers. With slim odds of beating an incumbent mayor and with Walsh enjoying a $4 million war chest, Jackson, who never had more than $101,000 ...

Lydia Edwards wins in District 1

Lydia Edwards won the District 1 City Councilor seat, besting Stephen Passacantilli by 730 votes. Edwards garnered 52.8 percent of the total votes in the district, which includes East Boston, Charlestown and the North End and has been represented by ...

Janey wins in District 7

long and at times contentious race to replace Tito Jackson as the District 7 city councilor ended last night with Kim Janey the victor, having garnered 55.5 percent of the 8,901 votes cast.

Edwards campaign takes aim at rival’s electoral base

In the Sept. 26 preliminary election, Lydia Edwards finished just a percentage point behind North End resident Stephen Passacantilli. Last week she took the fight to the heart of his electoral base, holding a reception at a North End restaurant ...

District 7 candidates debate at Islamic Society Ctr.

In a debate last week, both candidates in the race for the District 7 City Council seat agreed to push the city to require deeper affordability on new housing developments, to update the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan and make the ...

Tight competition in at-large race

On a sunny autumn Saturday, Roxbury residents gather on the baseball diamond at Marcella Street for a ceremony dedicating the playground to Jermaine Goffigan, a nine-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet during a 1994 Holloween party at the nearby ...

Jackson, Walsh face off in final mayoral debate

Mayor Martin Walsh and District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson continued to wrangle over issues of affordable housing, racial inequality, economic development, transportation and education during their second debate last week.

Justice bill passes in Senate

The state Senate passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill last week that would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for some drug crimes, eliminate fees charged to defendants, and redirect savings from the expected reduction in the state’s prison population toward ...