Jule Pattison-Gordon

Staff Reporter

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ICE targets noncriminal working dad

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.

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Educators: school ranking system can mislead, hamper progress

Some educators, parents and students said the current system for ranking schools can misjudge school performance and prompt reform interventions that are counterproductive.

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Millionaires’ tax clears Legislature

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.

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Activists call for repeal of mandatory minimums

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.

Legislators probe costs of Safe Communities Act

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.

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Latino growth drives city’s economic future

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.

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Boston Education Action Network hosts panel, preps to expand work

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.

Free college tuition program eases access for some

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.

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Silver Line pilot aims to show bus rapid transit time savings

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.

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Students decry cuts hitting BPS schools

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.

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