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Wu re-appoints Janey's two School Committee picks

Mayor Wu today re-appointed Lorena Lopera and Rafaela Polanco García to the Boston School Committee, to serve at least through the end of 2023.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey had appointed the two, both themselves BPSA parents, in July, to fill the terms left vacant when Alexandra Oliver-Dávila and Lorna Rivera resigned over the Westie-whites text messages the month before.

Because Janey was acting mayor, their terms had lasted only as long as hers, which ended with Wu's swearing in on Nov. 16.

Separately, tomorrow is the deadline for Boston residents to apply for two four-year seats on the School Committee.

Boston is the only community in the state in which School Committee members are appointed by the mayor rather than elected. In the election that put Wu into office this month, voters also overwhelmingly voted in favor of a return to an elected School Committee. However, the vote was non-binding; returning to elected school officials would require action by the City Council, Mayor Wu, the state legislature and Gov. Baker.

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If anyone knows why state legislature and Gov Baker would need to be a part of deciding whether or not Boston had an elected school committee?

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They're not. It's a way of deflecting responsibility.

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Legislative action (you know, passing a law) abolished the elected school committee so that is what is needed to bring it back. The city does not have the legal authority to make this change.

https://archives.lib.state.ma.us/handle/2452/10406

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Thanks for the link!

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At this point I'm just assuming this is someone just trying to follow Cunningham's Law.

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I'd think it was a bot designed by Adam just to churn up the comments section. Alas, it is not.

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Every level of government below state government is subject to state government. There are surprisingly few things at the level of municipal government that don’t need the okay of Beacon Hill, budgets being one of them but the actual form of government isn’t one of them.

Typically, the state goes along with what a municipality wants in a home rule petition unless there is a good reason, or in the case of liquor licenses, a less than good reason.

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non-binding resolution is the equivalent of the questionnaire at the end of your c.v.s. receipt.

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But more people voted for it than for the current mayor.

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Your point?

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yes, we got a new mayor; but, the sckool board elections arent even scheduled.

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