Of 27 parents speaking at a School Committee budget hearing, most asked for more help in supporting diverse classrooms in terms of ability, race, income and needs, including classes that have been shaken by social-emotional behavior issues.
The education budget “gap” for next year has dropped to $3 million from $5 million, but a Tuesday discussion raised many more questions about guidelines for immediate concerns and goals for the future.
Cambridge can do a better job of meeting children’s needs for unstructured, outdoor play and exercise. If more money is needed to make this possible, we ask that money be allotted for this purpose in the budget.
Boston recently earned the dubious distinction of being named the U.S. city with the widest gap between its top 5 percent and bottom 20 percent of earners – a problem felt in our schools and transit systems. A proposed constitutional amendment could help.
For the second time in less than three months, city officials have saved a housing redevelopment project – this time from a financing gap that could have scuttled the underway $109 million revamp of nearly 200 units at the Manning Apartments in Central Square.
The Cambridge Health Alliance is contending with a familiar problem: Fewer patients than expected are seeing its doctors and using its hospitals. Because of the stubborn trend, the Alliance expects to change its financial expectations for this fiscal year.
The 2008 economic meltdown left the taxpaying public with a mop and bucket and without many homes and jobs, and it was no laughing matter – but it gets a sharp-witted rewind anyway from Adam McKay and some big stars at the top of their game.
Some 4,184 residents voted this year in the city’s second round of participatory budgeting, which lets citizens direct $600,000 worth of the city’s overall fiscal year 2017 budget to projects they like – primarily in transportation, and primarily for bicycle safety.
While the city is trying to do its part by paying a living wage for its own workers – now risen to $15 an hour – there are many reasons it’s difficult to ensure a living wage for all workers in Cambridge.
City planners are saying no to making a comprehensive housing plan part of the first year of a citywide master plan process, but have released a long-missing report on whether some suggestions about housing in Central Square will work financially.