First-term state Rep. Mike Connolly has been appointed to serve on the Legislature’s committee overseeing housing, crucial for the communities his densely settled communities – both pressured to grow and wondering how to maintain economic diversity.
Free food for all students, new schools in the Alewife and NorthPoint neighborhoods and a debate over whether the city or schools department would lead on universal preschool were among the topics at a meeting of the School Committee and City Council.
If Washington lawmakers continue to fund the Section 8 rental assistance program at its current level instead of increasing the appropriation, Cambridge would be short $3.2 million needed to support vouchers.
The group will make recommendations to City Manager Louis A. DePasquale for approval and the award of grant agreements with nonprofit organizations for the provision of community benefits.
Progress on two long-standing committee goals and reports that the city has offered to increase property tax revenues, adding money to the school district, left School Committee members energized at a budget update.
The public hearing and budget subcommittee meeting held Thursday were added to the existing budget calendar as recently as Jan. 17, after a request to meet with city councillors on the same date, and not without causing some tension.
School Committee members listed their priorities in round robin-style Thursday, immediately after a public hearing. The topics were varied but often focused on providing stronger staff supports to students in and out of the classroom.
The case against world language was made Thursday – this time by educators and parents who cited “innovation fatigue” and an already insufficient amount of time to spend on core content areas in a six-hour school day.
An affirmation of liberal principles and economic safety underlay much of the the first-ever State of the City address, held Wednesday in a Sullivan Chamber at City Hall buzzing with the feel of a reunion of politicians, activists and other municipal movers and shakers.
Cambridge officials are gearing up to issue the first-ever round of municipal minibonds, available only to residents. The bonds are “mini” because they can be bought in denominations as low as $1,000 and will be capped at $20,000, and paid off within five years.