Jule Pattison-Gordon

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Walsh rejects charter enrollment bill with his name on it

Walsh’s office complains of “added language”; Bill sponsor: “I filed exactly what his office sent me.”

Mayor Martin Walsh is seeking to distance himself from a bill bearing his name that parent education activists say was filed quietly and would facilitate a controversial school policy known as unified enrollment, in which Boston families would see both charter and district schools in their lists of the public schools they can choose. Such a policy has been given little public debate in Boston since the idea received fierce pushback two years ago. As such, some parent activists were surprised when legislation seeming to be paving the way for unified enrollment appeared among more than two dozen bills slated for an Oct. 3 State House hearing.

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State legislators produce sweeping criminal justice reform bill

The legislative package aims to reduce unnecessary incarceration, via measures including removing fees that create a disparate burden on the poor due solely to their financial status and encouraging less severe responses to some offenses.

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Minorities get slim share of contracts

City requests proposals to study disparity

City Councilor Tito Jackson alleges that only 2 percent of city contract spending goes to minority-owned businesses; city officials say the figure is actually less than 0.5 percent. Officials now are seeking a consultant to study drivers of this disparity.

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Jackson, Walsh debate live from Dudley Square

Clash over housing policy, school funding, policing

Mayor Martin Walsh and District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson clashed over issues of police accountability, economic development and education in the first of two debates scheduled before the Nov. 7 general election.

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Weakened Jim Brooks Act passes in Council

When the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act hit the city council floor last week, councilors voted 10-3 to pass it. But by the accounts of many of its city council supporters, the measure was only a weak, if welcome, contribution to protecting vulnerable residents from displacement.

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Quiet push for unified enrollment

Many taken by surprise as Walsh co-sponsors state bill

Coming before the state Legislature with little debate last week was a bill co-sponsored by Mayor Martin Walsh that would fast-track a controversial school enrollment policy known as unified enrollment.

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Taxation with preparation

Liberty Tax Service franchisee finds success in tax prep biz

Sam Trotman never planned to make a living in tax preparation. But what started as a side gig soon had him hooked. He is now a franchisee of Liberty Tax Service, with operations in Mattapan Square, Hyde Park and South Boston.

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Puerto Rico’s growing emergency

Hurricanes exacerbate financial crisis

The devastation of two hurricanes has put the human costs of Puerto Rico’s debt repayments in sharper focus. The U.S. territory owed more than $70 billion before Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck, knocking out most of the already-outdated electric grid, flooding streets, demolishing homes and causing massive shortages of basic supplies.

Early data shows low scores on new MCAS tests

Next-generation MCAS aims to capture college readiness Critics say project-based assessment is more meaningful

The next-generation MCAS debuted this past spring and early score projections show that students did not fare well. Some education advocates, however, say that rather than updating the standardized test, school systems should shift to project-based assessments.

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Court hears charter cap case appeal

Lawyers argued over a case with the potential to undo the results of last year’s heated battle over the cap on charter schools.The case Doe v. Peyser was dismissed last fall, but plaintiffs appealed, arguing that the cap on charter schools denies their right to an adequate education.

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