Keep Corporate Education Reformers out of Boston Public Schools
Education Reform has defunded Boston Public Schools by $973,500.00 per BPS school. Corporate education reformers have no place on the - Boston Public Schools - superintendents' cabinet. We ask that Dr. Makeeba McCreary be immediately removed from the position of Chief of Staff.
Boston 2024 plans to release a major overhaul of its proposed plans for the Olympics next month, group CEO Rich Davey told a City Council committee today.
The revised plan would provide new details about possible venues, housing and other infrastructure, and may include locations outside of Boston or even New England, Davey said this morning, at at a hearing called by Council President Bill Linehan's Special Committee for the Olympics.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that people facing new drug trials because their evidence was handled by convicted state chemist Annie Dookhan cannot be brought up on more severe charges the second time around - and can't get sentences more severe than the ones originally imposed. Read more.
The Globe reports Mayor Walsh wants Kairos Shen to quit, but Shen is all, yeah, well, fire me then, because of a state law that can boost the pension of public workers fired by incoming administrations.
"Shots Fired 05/17/15"
"At Least 5 Gunshots Fired At Driver In Canton"
Some frou-frou travel magazine ranks us as the fifth most unfriendly city for tourists:
Beantown denizens put off readers with their Brahmin-like brains and their skillful backtalk.
Brahmin-like brains? What does that even mean, you pusillanimous codswallopers? And we wouldn't be backtalking if the tourists weren't getting all up in our grills and stuff, amirite?
The Boston City Council starts its regular meetings with a convocation or prayer by a clergy member selected by a particular councilor. Today, members of the local International Society for Krishna Consciousness opened the council meeting with a request for help for survivors of the Nepal earthquakes and by singing the Hare Krishna mantra.
They were invited by at-large Councilor Michelle Wu, who noted 2015 is the group's 50th anniversary in Boston. Wu and Council President Bill Linehan wore garlands presented by group members.
DonorsChoose.org is a Web site that lets teachers seek donations for classroom or project supplies. The site made news last week when Stephen Colbert announced he would help fund all 1,000 requests from his native South Carolina - about $800,000 in all.
The Globe reports on upcoming changes at Boston 2024.
Susan Brennan asks:
Suggestions for best eyebrow waxing? (really struggling to not use the word fleek here).
The city of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development has filed legislation (sponsored by Mattapan's State Rep. Russell Holmes) that would allow the MBTA to sell land along its rail lines to developers at discounted rates, according to Scott Van Voorhis at the Globe. A second proposal would allow the city to offer property tax incentives to developers in order to encourage them to build housing affordable to those with low and/or moderate incomes.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge yesterday ordered a new trial for Sean Ellis, convicted for the 1993 murder of Det. John Mulligan in a Roslindale shopping-center parking lot, the Globe reports.
WGBH reports on the request, which alleges that "Boston police officers have a pattern of using excessive force and a discriminatory policy of stopping and searching mainly young black and Latino men."
Boston 2024 organizers face tough sell in South Boston
By Michael Levenson, May 03, 2015
After listening to a city official describe Bostonâ€™s effort to host the 2024 Olympics, about 70 members of the City Point Neighborhood Association in South Boston took an informal poll: By a show of hands, how many in the room support the bid?
photo credit Faith Ninivaggi