Drug policies evolve as addiction becomes a white problem

The criminal justice reform bill that Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law last week would not likely have been possible in the year 2000 when Massachusetts voters rejected a measure that would have diverted defendants caught with small amounts of ...

Suffolk County D.A. candidates spar at Jamaica Plain forum

The gloves came off Monday as five candidates for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office participated in a forum at English High School hosted by JP Progressives, the NAACP Boston Branch and other groups.

Lawmakers fete 25 yrs of ed. reform

State officials and education leaders gathered at the State House last Thursday to mark the 25 years since Massachusetts passed the 1993 Education Reform Act, which codified the so-called grand bargain of increased state funding for schools coupled with mandatory ...

Rachael Rollins announces bid for Suffolk County DA's office

Rachael Rollins, a former U.S. attorney and general counsel to MassPort, is the fourth entry into the race for Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, formally announcing her campaign with a press release today.

Pressley launches bid for congressional seat

At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley kicked off her campaign for the 7th Congressional District at a Cambridge restaurant Feb. 13, vowing to push against the political climate in Massachusetts that favors incumbents over insurgents.

Candidates jockey for support at Hyde Park caucus

Democratic Party activists entering the Ward 18 caucus in the Hyde Park Municipal Building Saturday ran a gauntlet of clipboard-bearing signature gatherers who allowed only a narrow corridor between the building’s front door and the auditorium.

Council to take on tough issues in 2018 hearings

Lydia Edwards’ order for a hearing on speculation in the Boston housing market, along with other moves by her fellow councilors, promise to bring a remarkable range of debate on city policy in the coming months.

Ed reform think tank declares unified enrollment dead in Boston

A year ago, members of the Boston Compact, a team of city, charter school and BPS officials, said they would soon release a plan for unified enrollment, a one-stop process through which parents signing their children up for BPS schools ...

Pressley launches bid for Congress

At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley announced today her candidacy for the 7th Congressional District seat currently held by Michael Capuano.

Parents, councilors mull return to elected school committee

At the same time the Boston School Committee voted on Wednesday to elect member Michael Loconto president of the mayor-appointed body, a parent group took to Facebook and Twitter to gauge support for an alternative: an elected committee. By mid-Thursday, ...

City backs down on school start times

Boston School Superintendent announced today that BPS will not implement changes in school start times that would have shifted nearly half of all elementary school students to bell times at 7:30 a.m. or earlier.

Civil rights groups: early start times won't produce equity

Amid the firestorm of protest from parents over the Boston Public Schools’ planned changes to elementary school start times, Superintendent Tommy Chang invoked the concept of racial equity to justify the move.

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 ...

BPS responds to parent pushback

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang emailed a letter to parents yesterday touting positive feedback from high school communities, while acknowledging the fierce pushback from elementary school parents.

Parents mobilize over new BPS start times

Sunday, parents gave voice to that outrage, with more than 150 people filling a function room at Doyle’s Café in Jamaica Plain for a meeting on the start-time changes and collecting more than 5,200 signatures in an online petition to ...