Schoolyard News reports on an effort to get a (non-binding) question on the November ballot on whether to return to an elected School Committee.
WBUR asks if it's time to end Boston's status as the only place in the state without an elected School Committee. The Dorchester Reporter surveys people running for mayor and City Council on the issue. Of course, there's a Twitter feed.
John Barros yesterday called for the city to use its AAA bond rating and borrow $4 billion to finally fix every last Boston school and bring them into the 21st century with "inspiring classrooms, science labs, libraries, athletic spaces, art studios and theaters," - and with expansions to create "neighborhood campus areas with outdoor spaces that aid in heat and flood mitigation, outdoor classrooms, play spaces, and community spaces."
Barros also launched his first TV ad:
Allston/Brighton state Rep. Mike Moran and City Councilor Liz Breadon today announced they're supporting Michelle Wu for mayor in September.
Jamaica Plain News reports that at-large Council candidate Alex Gray, who is blind, on Wednesday will lead several other candidates for council seats and at least one mayoral candidate, John Barros, in a blindfolded tour around City Hall Plaza to show them the challenges blind residents face.
The candidates will be able to use canes and will be assisted for safety by individuals from Gray's campaign.
Starts at 10:30 a.m.
Incumbent at-large Councilor Julia Mejia yesterday endorsed another at-large candidate, Carla Monteiro; the two will now do some joint campaigning.
All too often, candidates with meaningful community ties and impressive stories of strength can be overlooked by the establishment in favor of those with stronger political or financial connections. Today, with my endorsement of Carla Monteiro for Boston City Council At-Large, we are choosing to disrupt this narrative. I am proud to support this fearless woman who transformed her dream into a reality and beat the odds to find success and stability for her family. I see so much of myself in her story as an organizer, immigrant, and Black woman - and I know that I am not alone.
Right to the City Vote, "a coalition formed in 2013 and focused on the political power-building of Boston’s working-class, immigrant, communities of color," today announced it's backing Ruthzee Louijeune, David Halbert and Julia Mejia for three of the four at-large seats on the council, as well as Joel Richards in District 4 (Dorchester), Kendra Hicks in District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) and Tania Fernandes Anderson in District 7 (Roxbury).
The Scope interviews Brandy Brooks, running for the District 7 (Roxbury) council seat Kim Janey is giving up.