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Councilors push BPS to release promised assignment data

In 2013, the Boston Public Schools implemented a new assignment process, replacing the old three-zone system with the home-based system, and promised to give yearly updates on how the new system was affecting equity in the schools. Yet four years ...

Mass workers call for raised minimum wage and family leave

A group of activists from across the state rallied on Beacon Hill last week after turning in signatures to get two measures on the ballot in November 2018: a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2022, and paid family ...

In the news: Krystal Prime Banfield

Berklee College of Music has named Krystal Prime Banfield associate vice president of Educational Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship.

Addiction in the elderly: An overlooked group

It’s hard to imagine your kindly white-haired grandmother may have a substance use disorder (SUD). But it’s very possible. In 2015 drug overdose death rates increased for all age groups, including those 65 and older, according to the Centers for ...

Mad. Park students stage walkout after headmaster suspended

After Boston Public School officials placed Madison Park Technical Vocational High School Executive Director Kevin McCaskill on administrative leave last week, students at the school orchestrated a walkout.

Boston Baroque in Dorchester

On Dec. 30 at 2 p.m., Boston Baroque will perform their fifth annual community concert at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester. Boston Baroque is the oldest active “period instrument” orchestra in the United States. The group performs classical compositions by ...

With ‘Plunder,’ Tony Lewis deconstructs racial language, history

Visible from outside the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham as well as indoors, a wall-size mural inspired by “Between the World and Me” renders the word “plunder” in giant, curving strokes of Gregg shorthand, the stenographers’ tool ...

Accidental Death of an Anarchist’

In their latest production, “Accidental Death of an Anarchist,” Praxis Stage proves that political theater can be as amusing and entertaining as vaudeville, without losing its teeth. Playing through Dec. 17 at First Church Boston, the play by Dario Fo ...

A way of rice

Years ago, I was initiated into the ways of plov by a group of Uzbek businessmen. Plov is a Central Asian dish of rice, meat and vegetables. It is the father of rice pilaf, they told me, along with many ...

Parents flood School Committee meeting, urge rollback of start time change

Elementary school parents flooded last night’s School Committee meeting, speaking against next year’s 7:15 a.m. start time and 1:15 p.m. end time for many elementary schools. Dozens of parents urged the School Committee to scrap the planned changes during the ...

The moral imperative of the Christmas season

It is easy for all but the devout to forget the message of Christmas. According to St. Luke (2:14) the heavenly host appeared to announce the birth of the Christ child and deliver the message that is often repeated at ...

Economic diversity is inevitable in Roxbury

It was just a matter of time before astute realtors would discover the beauty and convenient location of Roxbury. It is inevitable for Roxbury to become the home of economically as well as racially diverse residents. Those opposed to the ...

Trump’s virtual lily-white court picks are a judicial horror

There was little surprise at the news that Trump is packing the federal judiciary with as many white, conservative males as he can dig up. His anti-diversity federal judgeship count is indeed gruesome. To date, he has deemed only one ...

Andrea Campbell set to take reins as City Council president

District 4 City Councilor Andrea Campbell announced last week she has the votes to be elected the next president of the Boston City Council. Campbell, who will begin serving her second term representing the district that includes portions of Dorchester, ...

How do you celebrate the Christmas holiday?

Basically, spend it with family. Family is most important.

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