Hillary Clinton’s Urban Agenda


Her ambitious plan for cities would build on her husband’s legacy. How much of it could she get done? By Erick Trickey | Next City When Hillary Clinton spoke in Harlem in February, she barely used the words “urban” or “cities,” but she laid out one of the most ambitious urban agendas of any modern presidential […]

Stagnant wages hits home in Lynn

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By Thomas Grillo | The Daily Item LYNN — Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 15 years, the number of Lynn homeowners facing foreclosure grew by nearly 24 percent since January as families continue to struggle to pay their mortgage, according to The Warren Group, the Boston-based real estate tracker. Lenders filed 161 petitions to foreclose, […]

Shawsheen Tech to host forum


By Wicked Local Billerica Shawsheen Valley Technical High School will host a forum on Jobs of Today and Tomorrow and the Future of Work from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Oct. 27 at 100 Cook St., in Billerica. The forum will feature a panel of industry and academic experts with deep knowledge of the Massachusetts labor market. […]

It’s time for vocational schools to get some respect


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 employers depend on their graduates and say more must be done to address long wait lists and out-of-date facilities.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?


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 […]

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


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


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


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


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?


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 […]

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