It’s time for vocational schools to get some respect

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Mass. employers depend on their graduates and say more must be done to address long wait lists and out-of-date facilities. By Deborah Halber | The Boston Globe On a Monday morning in late spring, city buses arrive like clockwork on Malcolm X Boulevard, disgorging students hunched over cellphones, earbud wires trailing down the fronts of […]

How To Close Boston’s ‘Stubbornly Large’ Homeownership Gap?

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By Anthony Brooks, Alison Bruzek and Kassandra Sundt | WBUR Wealth and income disparities has been a major theme of the presidential campaign, and it’s a growing issue here in Boston. This week, as part of a national conversation with NPR called “A Nation Engaged,” we explore the challenge of creating economic opportunity for more Americans. When […]

Breaking Down ‘Broken Windows’

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By Aleszu Bajak | UnDark In the late 1990s, Cynthia Lum was a beat cop in Baltimore’s eastern district, and her tenure was marked by skyrocketing rates of homicide, rape, robbery, assault, arson and theft. Like many young police officers trying to combat violent crime, Lum assiduously stuck with the tactics she knew best: respond to calls, […]

In 2015, Mass. wages rose slower than in rest of US

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By Deirdre Fernandes and Evan Horowitz | Boston Globe While the rest of the country saw blockbuster gains in their paychecks in 2015, household incomes in Massachusetts rose at a much slower pace, according to data to be released by the Census Bureau Thursday. Usually, Massachusetts outpaces the nation, with better school test scores and lower unemployment […]

Mass effect: The Boston region has become a hotbed for life-science jobs, thanks to a constant push to meld research and industry

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By Neil Savage | Nature Governments have long thought that if they could lure a multibillion dollar company to their area, smaller firms would grow up around it to provide goods and services, thereby creating jobs. A car manufacturer, for instance, would need parts and materials suppliers. But the experience of Massachusetts and its booming life-sciences […]

With revenue gains missing predictions, budget cuts possible

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By Joshua Miller | The Boston Globe State budget cuts from Governor Charlie Baker are probably coming soon to Massachusetts. The Department of Revenue announced Tuesday that state revenue grew only one-half of 1 percent from August 2015 to August 2016 — a surprisingly tiny amount. Overall, in July and August, the first two months of the […]

Supt. Bourque Unveils New School Five-Year Plan

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By Seth Daniel | Chelsea Record When Supt. Mary Bourque and administrator Gerry McHugh were working in a teaching exercise last year to help them to be able to sell their schools to a skeptical parent, they began listing off all the attributes of the Chelsea schools – one by one. Their evaluator, Barry Bluestone, former executive […]

Summer jobs programs: What do we know?

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By Associate Director Alicia Sasser Modestino for the Brookings Blog The well-documented drop in teen employment rates has raised concerns that it is becoming more difficult for teens to find pathways into the labor market, particularly for African-American and Latino teens living in neighborhoods with fewer job opportunities. Admittedly, for some teens working has been replaced […]

A Case For Smart Growth Legislation As A Complement To Chapter 40B

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By Susan Gittelman | Special to Banker & Tradesman Housing costs and housing affordability are on everyone’s mind in Massachusetts. Whether you are trying to put down roots, hire an employee, or stay more closely connected with grandchildren on something other than Skype, you know that we desperately need a lot of new places to live in the commonwealth. The biggest obstacle […]

City Hall is always above average — if you ask City Hall

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By Meghan E. Irons | Boston Globe own CityScore. Miami, Providence, and South Bend, Ind., have volunteered to test the system, officials said. Steve Fox, a longtime South End resident who chairs the South End Forum, said he is very familiar with CityScore and credits the city with being extremely responsive to calls neighborhood residents make […]

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