Jule Pattison-Gordon

Staff Reporter

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City’s Inclusionary Development Policy garnered affordable units for Boston, but few in Rox

Of 1,737 private-developer-made units, less than 1 percent were in Roxbury

Private firms have been spurred to create almost 1,740 affordable housing units in Boston, thanks to the city’s Inclusionary Development Policy. But less than 1 percent of those units have been built in Roxbury, according to a recent Boston Planning and Development Agency report. These trends could shift as developers turn greater attention to Boston’s outer neighborhoods.

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MBTA approves Foxborough pilot

Transit advocates say route extension risks Fairmount Line quality, upgrades

Advocates continuing a long-running bid to bring rapid, frequent service to transit-starved, low-income areas along the Fairmount line fear that the MBTA may undermine planned improvements in favor of providing more options to white suburbanites, starting in 2019.

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Frederick Clay freed after 38 years wrongfully imprisoned

A man was released from prison last week after spending nearly four decades locked up for a crime that he always maintained he did not commit. Frederick Clay was 16 when he was accused of murder; now, at age 53, he is free. Organizations like the Innocence Program are working to right such wrongful convictions. Proposed legislation could make their work easier

Ballot measures, gubernatorial, Senate races looming for 2018

Progressive favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren and moderate Republican Gov. Charlie Baker face off against challengers on the 2018 ballot. A union-backed measure raising income tax on the state’s wealthiest residents also will feature on the ballot, as may proposals providing employees with paid family medical leave and increasing the minimum wage to $15, potentially turning out more voters favorable to Warren. Meanwhile, members of the business community seek to place a sales tax cut on the ballot, which could draw voters favoring Warren’s anti-tax opponents. Baker will have to find a balance and appeal to a blue-state where one-third of voters went to Trump in 2016.

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Boston police promotions ruled discriminatory

Federal court upholds its 2015 decision

Critics of a police promotional exam scored another point last month when a federal judge ruled that the exam is racially discriminatory. This was the second time U.S. District Court Judge William Young had made that determination.

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Developers break ground on Bartlett Station project

Plan calls for 60 percent of units to be affordable

Construction begins on a 16-unit condo building at the former Bartlett bus yard, along with a building that will contain 60 rental units as well as a grocery store. By 2032, the full project will provide 323 units.

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Mass. school evaluations called ‘unfair’

Institute says state doesn’t account for effects of poverty on test scores

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s system is prone to rank schools based on the resources of the population they serve, rather than on the quality of their instruction and practices, the Fordham Institute asserts. This could have implications for schools selected for turnarounds.

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Got game — and message: Lawrence-based indie game studio gears up for first release

Edwin Jack, game director and CEO, and Kris Carter, concept artist, said their game blends entertainment with ethics, striving to convey moral values and relatable characters alongside high-action fun.

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Advocates call for bill to increase state education aid, fix cost estimates

Legislators are trying once again to update decades-old foundation budget

Supporters of the bill say it would more accurately assess public schools’ minimum budget needs and infuse the schools with additional sorely-needed state dollars.

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English-learner instruction act clears Senate

The LOOK bill would enable schools to tailor ELL approaches to student needs

Supporters of An Act for Language Opportunity for Our Kids, or the LOOK bill, which passed in the Senate last week, say one particular issue is that ELL students have widely different needs but have been required to be taught in the same way

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