There are currently a couple of Boston-specific petitions circulating online:
One beseeches BPS to keep an exam as a requirement for exam-school entrance for 2021 - just the one BPS picked in July to replace the supposedly kinda-racist one it ditched in February. Last week, because of all the current Covid-19 craziness, Superintendent Brenda Cassellius proposed ditching exams for 2021 in favor of a system relying on class ranks in general and by Zip codes in particular.
Abandoning a test for Boston’s exam schools, with no viable alternative admissions process, only causes more uncertainty and disruption, not less. Boston's elected leaders should come out in favor of moving forward with MAP testing this fall and continue their efforts to provide quality preK-12 education for all students.
Also circulating online is a petition to have the city buy an acre of land between the Sherrin Woods urban wild and the Northeast Corridor train tracks on the Roslindale/Hyde Park line.
A broker recently started advertising the land for sale, possibly for construction of townhouses. Petitioners say the land is now effectively a continuation of Sherrin Woods, home to wildlife that includes deer, and that rather than letting a developer chop up the land, the city should buy it and make it part of the urban wild permanently.