Francisco Rodriguez Guardado is a small business owner, MIT janitor, and involved community member with two children and a third on the way, and has lived in the U.S. for over a decade. He also is a native of El Salvador. Next month, federal immigration agents will decide whether to renew his permission to remain in the U.S.
Some educators, parents and students said the current system for ranking schools can misjudge school performance and prompt reform interventions that are counterproductive.
Barring legal challenges, Fair Share Amendment to hit ballot Nov. 2018
During last week’s constitutional convention, an amendment that would apply a surtax on income over $1 million and direct revenue to public education and public infrastructure won the necessary approval to appear on statewide ballot.
Bills debated in State House hearing would reform sentencing
During a State House hearing on criminal justice reforms, proposals to repeal mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses took a strong focus.
The Safe Community Act is a proposed effort to protect otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants from deportation and prevent creation of a Muslim registry or similar entity. In a State House hearing, advocates said the measure protects civil rights, improves policing effectiveness and benefits the economy, public health and community fabric. Opponents said it hamstrings law enforcement by restricting communication with federal agencies, and that only allowing cooperation with ICE in cases of serious violent crimes is too limiting.
Latinos are Boston’s fastest-growing sector, Boston Foundation and BPDA report says
Latinos represent a large portion of the city’s youth and have been driving much of Boston’s population growth. As baby boomer retire, Latinos will be the ones driving the economy as well. Ensuring Boston’s continued economic growth means ensuring this sector’s talent is fully utilized by facilitating higher educational achievement and improving access to jobs and career and business growth opportunities, said panelists commenting on a new report.
Boston Education Action Network expands its presence in Boston’s education policy scene, seeking to bring together voices of all education stakeholders. The organization recently convened a panel of leaders from charter and pilot schools and Boston Public Schools to talk on socioemotional learning efforts and strategies for recruiting and retaining people of color. Some people are wary of the young organization, based on BEAN’s sources of organizational and financial support.
The Boston Bridge, a joint collaboration pilot program from the city and state, pays for the tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students to attain a bachelor's degree. However some say that limitations around eligibility, degree completion timeline, choice of major and other aspects restricts the program to serving a very small pool of students.
Member of BostonBRT hoped to demonstrate the benefits of implementing bus rapid transit on the Silver Line by piloting one BRT element — boarding without having to line up and wait to pay fares.
Students testified before city councilors that they believe this year’s proposed school budget will harm their education during a hearing that also showcased a level of wariness and animosity felt between students and some in City Hall.