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Council votes to oppose ballot question 2

Boston City Councilors voted 11-2 to pass a resolution against ballot question 2, which calls for lifting the statewide cap on new charter schools in Massachusetts. City Councilors Andrea Campbell and Joshua Zakim cast the sole votes against the resolution, ...

Charter school proponents draw funds from NY donors

“What we can say is that the privatization effort in Massachusetts is a construct of several wealthy families and that the campaign has been going on longer than is generally realized."

Beyond Bernie: We Need a Party of the 99%!

The Bernie Sanders movement faces a burning question: Do we fall in line behind Clinton’s corporate campaign, or do we continue the political revolution and build a new party for the 99%?

City Council passes BPS budget 9-4

Today the city council passed the Boston Public Schools revised budget proposed by Mayor Martin Walsh with a vote of nine to four.

Puerto Rico oversight sparks fears

A proposed solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis emerged from Congress last week.The PROMESA bill would provide for debt restructuring, answering a long-time ask from many Puerto Ricans, while also creating a federal oversight board with authorities that many say ...

Trump gets it wrong again

Trump has reconfirmed his fundamental racial insensitivity and his lack of understanding of American history.

Civil rights groups intervene in charter case

In Massachusetts, the charter school movement challenges the dichotomy between charters and district run schools, intentionally using the phrase “public charter schools” in their arguments for lifting the cap. But defenders of the district-run schools – including student groups in ...

Symone Sanders and a presidential campaign

Budding communications professional Symone Sanders talks to the Banner about joining the campaign of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as national spokeswoman.

Senate rolls out charter compromise legislation

A group of state senators today rolled out compromise legislation that would over the next ten years raise the cap on the percentage of charter schools operating in low-performing school districts from the current 18 percent to 23 percent.

State Senate candidates speak at Chinatown forum

A new coalition of Boston Asian-American organizations hosted a forum March 16 to introduce candidates in the First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate race to a Chinatown audience. Less than a month remains before the April 12 primary election that ...

Eyes are on Democratic primary in senate race

Lydia Edwards, a public interest lawyer with Greater Boston Legal Services with a focus on labor issues, and Diana Hwang, co-founder and executive director of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative, have been collecting endorsements and voters as they campaign for ...

Presidential campaigns battle for votes in Mass.

The push for votes in the Massachusetts primaries heated up, with Sanders’ visit to the Bay State and campaign events aimed at securing support from black and Latino voters here.

Henriquez is in

Today Henriquez is jumping back into the political arena, mounting a challenge to Carvalho for the 5th Suffolk District seat with posts on Facebook and Twitter.

City Council welcomes new faces, president

An air of camaraderie and celebration filled City Hall on Monday as the Boston City Council welcomed newcomers and elected a new president. As councilors continue to — or join— work on ongoing issues, contemplate new decisions fast approaching and ...

Charter school rally

Several hundred charter school students, administrators and parents rallied in front of the State House yesterday to lobby the state Senate to approve Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to lift the cap limiting the number of charter school seats in Massachusetts.

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