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Jule Pattison-Gordon

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Few people of color lead nonprofits, and bias is to blame, says report

Less than 20 percent of nonprofit CEOs or executive directors are of color — a figure that has stayed static for more than a decade. The reason largely seems due to prevailing and systemic biases. A new report released by the Building Movement Project delves into the issue.

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Low MCAS scores launch dispute over test’s value and use

Scores plummeted on a test typically used to decide graduation, school rank

A new MCAS debuted and student scores plunged, adding fuel to a debate over the purpose and effectiveness of standardized testing and the way it is employed.

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NAACP: Walsh failing to meet campaign promises

Little improvement for communities of color under Walsh

Mayor Martin Walsh has fallen short of campaign promises to improve educational outcomes, increase access to employment and housing and increase public safety in communities of color, according to a report released by the NAACP Boston Branch on Sunday.

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Walsh unveils bid for Amazon HQ

Rox parcels among proposed sites; pitch puts tax incentives on the table

Mayor Martin Walsh unveiled to the public the pitch he hopes will lure Amazon to place its second headquarters in the city. One proposal suggest the online retail giant build on parcels in Roxbury.

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NAACP: Mayor Walsh falls short of campaign promises to communities of color

Mayor Martin Walsh has fallen short of campaign promises to increase educational outcomes, provide employment, housing and public safety in communities of color according to a report released by the NAACP Boston Branch today.

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Walsh rejects charter enrollment bill with his name on it

Walsh’s office complains of “added language”; Bill sponsor: “I filed exactly what his office sent me.”

Mayor Martin Walsh is seeking to distance himself from a bill bearing his name that parent education activists say was filed quietly and would facilitate a controversial school policy known as unified enrollment, in which Boston families would see both charter and district schools in their lists of the public schools they can choose. Such a policy has been given little public debate in Boston since the idea received fierce pushback two years ago. As such, some parent activists were surprised when legislation seeming to be paving the way for unified enrollment appeared among more than two dozen bills slated for an Oct. 3 State House hearing.

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State legislators produce sweeping criminal justice reform bill

The legislative package aims to reduce unnecessary incarceration, via measures including removing fees that create a disparate burden on the poor due solely to their financial status and encouraging less severe responses to some offenses.

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Minorities get slim share of contracts

City requests proposals to study disparity

City Councilor Tito Jackson alleges that only 2 percent of city contract spending goes to minority-owned businesses; city officials say the figure is actually less than 0.5 percent. Officials now are seeking a consultant to study drivers of this disparity.

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Jackson, Walsh debate live from Dudley Square

Clash over housing policy, school funding, policing

Mayor Martin Walsh and District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson clashed over issues of police accountability, economic development and education in the first of two debates scheduled before the Nov. 7 general election.

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Weakened Jim Brooks Act passes in Council

When the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act hit the city council floor last week, councilors voted 10-3 to pass it. But by the accounts of many of its city council supporters, the measure was only a weak, if welcome, contribution to protecting vulnerable residents from displacement.

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