There are many inequities in the Boston Public School System. Many Boston residents are unaware of this. Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale will be hosting an event on April 9 to provide an opportunity to learn about these inequities. Progressive WRox/Roz has joined with NAACP-Boston, Lawyers for Civil Rights, JP Progressives, Downtown Progressives, Citizens for Public Schools, QUEST, and several other groups to form the Boston Coalition for Education Equity.
The Boston City Council today approved a measure that would require city agencies, such as Boston Public Schools, to pay more attention to where the food they buy comes from and how it's prepared. Read more.
The City Council today rejected a proposal that would have required hearings on any petitions signed by at least 500 Boston voters. Read more.
The city of Austin has hired away Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca to serve as that city's head of mobility, "to secure real progress in getting us where we want to go, when we want to get there, safely and cost-effectively."
Fiandca had served as head of the 400-employee BTD since January, 2015.
Former City Councilor John Connolly is back in the Boston spotlight, with a new parenting group he says will help cut through an impenetrable BPS system that makes it difficult for parents to figure out why things happen the way they do and help them figure out what to do about it. Read more.
Spread the word and BE HEARD. Here's list of upcoming education hearings in Boston, From an desk of Council At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George.
These hearings are great forums for bringing questions, comments, concerns, ideas, and suggestions. Like a Universal Hub comment thread but, like, in REAL life.
On behalf of Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George, Chair of the Education Committee, I am re-sharing the list of all education hearings coming up, including new ones that have been scheduled in the month of April:
Greg Cook joined several hundred people at the State House today for the Youth Climate Strike.
The City Council agreed today to hold a hearing to look into the specific case of an immigrant construction worker whose boss allegedly reported him to ICE, which then arrested him with the help of Boston Police, after the worker was injured on the job and applied for worker's comp. Read more.
A City Council committee will hold a hearing on a proposal by Councilor Althea Garrison (at large) to urge the BPDA to quash developers' plans to renovate the crumbling eyesore of the former Alexandra Hotel on Washington Street at Massachusetts Avenue by building a 13-story boutique hotel inside a renovated facade.
Unusual for a hearing request, however, no other councilors had their names added as co-sponsors. Read more.
City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Ed Flynn say that with the South Boston waterfront nearing a buildout - what with 20,000 residents forecast for 2030 - it's past time to begin thinking of public amenities, from a police station to a library and schools. Read more.
The Boston City Council approved a resolution today to support a proposed state law that would let cities and towns lower their minimum voting ages in city elections from 18 to 16. Read more.
The City Council today approved a resolution in support of journalists at the Globe and WBUR who are battling management over workplace conditions and pay and benefits. Read more.
With two women kidnapped after leaving Boston clubs in a month's time - and with one dead and the other one allegedly raped several times - city councilors today said they plan to look at how the city can make public spaces safer for women by helping to dismantle a pervasive rape culture. Read more.
Boston city councilors take turns inviting local members of the clergy to open their Wednesday meetings with a convocation. Today was Althea Garrison's first turn and the at-large councilor invited her friend, Roy Owens, pastor of the Walthall Chapel Church of Christ of God in Christ in Roxbury.
Owens typically runs for elected office every year and makes opposition to the gays in general and same-sex marriage in particular a key part of his campaigns. Read more.
The Boston City Council yesterday agreed with a request from Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) to look at adding an optional 13th year to city high schools. Read more.
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