The state’s Focus40 planning group offered a presentation at MIT’s Media Lab last week with panels and a short overview of proposals to guide Massachusetts’ transportation investments and initiatives over the next 23 years.
Class sizes grow, research access shrinks, more decisions guided by potential profit
Professors say the budget cuts impede their ability to do their jobs — both as teachers and researchers at the state’s only public research university.
City’s car-free vision will stumble without transit fixes
Until significant transit improvements are made, the city’s promotion of a less car-dependent future clashes with reality is parts of the outer neighborhoods. A local pastor's defense of the Codman Square parking lot brings to light how cars remain a necessity in some areas.
District 7 City Council campaigns start rollout
Former-state Rep. Carlos Henriquez is the latest of about nine seeking to represent Roxbury along with parts of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the Fenway and the South End in city council.
Bill informs tenants on rights, city on evictions; officials split over needed strength of bill
Some city councilors said the anti-displacement ordinance seemed toothless, while others worried about burdens on landlords and some councilors questioned the scope and necessity of the law.
Lost instructional time is achievement barrier; charters, alternative schools top suspenders
With black students in Massachusetts on average losing three times as many days of instruction than white peers for suspensions for minor offenses, researchers call for accountability reporting on lost class time.
City signs pricey police union deal while teachers’ contract talks drag
Teachers’ union negotiations has stalled while an expensive police union contract sailed through relatively briskly. The disparity in negotiating power is nothing new between the two groups.
Boston women call for better wages, immigrant rights
Boston’s A Day Without a Woman rally focused on concrete goals for improving women’s economic survival and quality of life.
Town claims insubordination after cops refuse to return to allegedly unsafe work environment
In a hearing last week, the town of Brookline argued that it has the right to fire two black police officers for refusing to return to work until stronger action is taken to remedy what the officers say is a level of racism in the department that makes the work environment unsafe for them.
Massachusetts’ public higher education institutions open doors to a better life, but increasingly students graduate in debt.