Boston’s $3 million test: Good jobs without a degree


By Simon Montlake | Yahoo! News Hari Maharjan steps out of a service elevator onto the thickly carpeted second floor in a downtown hotel. Pulling on his rubber gloves, he pushes a groaning laundry cart along the hushed corridor. Mr. Maharjan, a housekeeping trainee, is shadowing a room attendant with nine years on the job. Maharjan is […]

Vocational High Schools Make Pitch As Solution To Mass. Workforce Woes


By Mike Deehan | WGBH News One of the hottest debates on Beacon Hill and in Boston City Hall is over public school funding. Teachers and students want more from their communities and those communities want more aid from the state. There’s also the matter of adding more charter schools to the mix and how to fund […]

Are Boston Rents Slowing?


A new housing report from real estate firm REIS says monthly rents in Boston increased by just .1 percent in the first quarter of this year. After five years of increases, the slowdown appears to be good news. Yet, the average apartment in Greater Boston still rents for over $2,000 a month. It turns out, if you […]

Editorial: Gloomy report about Worcester highlights specific needs

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By Sun Staff  | Worcester Sun A report released by the Pioneer Institute last Thursday, Feb. 11, paints a grim picture of the economic state of 14 Massachusetts cities, including Worcester. In “Ten Years Later: Trends in Urban Redevelopment,” author Aaron Beitman offers this stark assessment: “During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the industrial successes […]

Editorial: Coincidences or culture shift?

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By Sun Staff  | Worcester Sun Cultural shifts can happen in two ways, deliberately or accidentally. A person or group can set out to affect change and find their message resonates with a much larger population. It’s also possible an independent series of events share a theme, a common thread that over time stitches together that […]

Colleges Drill Down on Job-Listing Terms


By Anna Louie Sussman and Melissa Korn | The Wall Street Journal  Despite Macomb Community College’s long ties to Michigan’s auto makers, the school’s leaders sometimes feel as though they aren’t speaking the same language as employers when it comes to matching its graduates with jobs. Turns out they often aren’t: When the school’s engineering dean examined thousands of […]

State jobless rate hits 4.5%, lowest in nearly 15 years


By Deirdre Fernandes | Globe Staff The state’s unemployment rate in February dropped to its lowest point in nearly 15 years, as the Massachusetts economy continued to expand. The Massachusetts unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, the lowest since December 2001, as employers added 13,300 jobs in February, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said […]

Lester Thurow, an Economist Ahead of His Time


By Robert Kuttner | The American Prospect Lester Thurow, one of the leading economists to challenge American inequality before that view became fashionable, died last week at 77. He spent most of his career at MIT, where he also served as dean of the Sloane School of Management between 1987 and 1993. Born in Montana, he […]

Educators, employers laud state plan to boost voke school funding


By Trisha Thadani | Special to the Telegram & Gazette Lawmakers joined with education advocates Tuesday in support of Gov. Charles D. Baker Jr.’s plan for funding the state’s public vocational technical schools, which are lauded as potential job creation engines but must waitlist thousands of students each year. Former Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray said […]

Mayor Walsh announces reform for Boston Redevelopment Authority

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By Lavanya Prabhakar | The Daily Free Press In an effort to establish trust in city planning, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced a plan Tuesday to reform the identity of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, according to a Tuesday press release. “This initiative will establish an identity, mission, and values for the organization that are reflective of the Walsh Administration’s commitment to smart and […]

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