Standardized testing within a system of accountability gives political power to those who need it the most: educationally vulnerable students.
Voters will soon have to rank candidates for School Committee and consider how well Mayor E. Denise Simmons did in leading the panel’s work – whether its incumbents deserve to be reelected, taking into account how much of the past two-year term was spent.
Adopting an ordinance that requires City Council review of surveillance technology empowers our elected representatives to make choices, rather than police under pressure. We take it on ourselves to hold those officials accountable come election time.
This week, Massachusetts families will get their children’s MCAS 2.0 score reports after its inaugural administration last spring. Just what is this test? And why are so many teachers opposed to it?
While I am thrilled MIT is committed to following the city’s the 2015 Net Zero Action Plan, it is an empty promise – construction will almost certainly start before the date the plan requires buildings to be net zero. But MIT can still set a real environmental example.
Minds were blown at a roundtable on early childhood education as David Maher, former mayor and longtime city councillor doing double duty as president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, warned against innovation because, you know, gentrification.
The Harvard Square Neighborhood Association is right to fear what is coming to Harvard Square, including architectural changes that may increasingly taint the charm of the tourist-friendly spot. And the city made a misstep that has complicated the conversation.
Vice mayor Marc McGovern, in a very competitive race for City Council, is a level-headed, socially conscious, caring individual who should continue to lead us through tumultuous times.
In our local bubble of liberalism it may seem shocking, but there’s an initiative on the 2018 state ballot to undo protections passed last year for transgender people using public accommodations.
For some, September dinner plates are a medley of vibrant reds, dark greens and sunshine yellows, each bite offering a burst of brilliant flavors. But not everyone has easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables, or the dollars often needed to enjoy a local harvest.