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.
We like to describe ourselves as progressive. But will we live up to that and work to expand social services for people who are vulnerable? Or will we decide it’s easier to have the police arrest people or move them along so that we don’t have to see them?
Costly housing prices have extreme negative consequences, including cementing income inequality, harming the environment and reducing quality of life. That is why we won’t paper over disagreements about development for the sake of appearing united.
Harvard is doing solid work solidifying its public image as an institution dedicated to perpetuating institutions. If its leaders wanted to ensure personification as a rich, white, conservative prig puffing on cigars and plotting in a back room, this was a very good week.
No one knows or understands what the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will look like, and fear is growing among 800,000 potentially deportable children and young adults across the United States and 7,800 of these American “Dreamers” locally.