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Racial Climate and Access to Excellence

As Black student leaders call out what they describe as a hostile racial environt at the prestigious exam school, Boston Latin, two alumni, Rev. Ron Bell And Rev. William Dickerson, recall their own experiences. See interview.

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Benefits Eyed from Free Tax Filing Campaign

The City of Boston and its community partners, including ABCD, once again offer free help with tax filing for people of lower income--and raise awareness about possible benefits from taking the Earning Income Tax Credit. See January 29 report and Boston Tax Help website.

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State of the City and Boston Schools

Boston's public schools are in the spotlight, as Mayor Marty Walsh gives his State of the City address for 2016 and--before the speech--parents and other demonstrators draw attention to school budget cuts in the face of a $50 million deficit. See report on the protest and interview segment with the chair of the City Council Committee on Education, Tito Jackson, and the chair of the Committee on Housing, Josh Zakim. Also: see letter on BPS budget from Superintendent Tommy Chang and a segment with the Mayor's Chief of Housing, Sheila Dillon, on steps to increase production of affordable housing.

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Voc-Tech Education Gets Boost from Alliance

A new alliance aims to increase support for vocational-technical education to meet the demand for skilled workers in Massachusetts, while Governor Baker tries to increase funding for school and workplace opportunities in the field. See report.

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Discord in Roxbury over Musical Charter School

At a meeting in Roxbury, plans to build a new home for the Conservatory Lab Charter School as part of a mixed-use development near Dudley Square draw supporters and opponents. At issue: does inclusion of the school stray too far from guidelines for the project to onclude an economoic development component? See report and interview with a community leader who says the developer overstepped requirements in the planning process.

 

City Council President Discusses Her Agenda

wuMichelle Wu, the new president of the Boston City Council, talks about her goals and some of the changes already made through her committee assignments--along with thoughts about a major contract challenge and considering a possible new proposal for having body cameras worn by the Boston Polilce. See interview.

Rider Advocate Warns About Fares, Service

mbtaHakim Cunningham, from Transportation for Mass., talks about possible fare hikes and service cus on the MBTA--and a change for the public to speak out. See interview.

House Leaders Outline Opioids Legislation

Leaders of the Massachusetts House of Representatives announce their bill to combat the crisis in opioid addiction. Following proposals from the Senate and Governor Baker, the House bill includes new safeguards on precriptions and more voluntary access to treatment. See report.

Open State Senate Seat Drawing Candidates

edwardsThe seat being vacated in the 1st Suffolk & Middlesex District by State Senator Anthony Petrucelli has begun to attract candidates, with announcements so far by State Representative Jay Livingstone, East Boston attorney and worker rights advocate Lydia Edwards, Democratic political activist Diana Hwang and East Boston attorney and Winthrop Housing Authority commissioner, Joseph Boncore. See interview with Lydia Edwards (above).

Attorney Discusses Ruling Faulting Police Academy

Oren Sellstrom of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice discusses the recent finding by the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination of bias in the dismissal of a recruit accused of cheating at the Boston Police Academy. See interview.

Housing Activists Discuss Boost in Affordable Units

Richard Giordano of the Fenway CDC and Kadineyse Ramize Peña of the Boston Tenant Coalition discuss recent changes increasing the set-aside for affordable housing in the city from large developments. See interview.

Purpose of New Coalition: Halt Spread of HIV

prepThe executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Carl Sciortino talks about the "Getting to Zero Coalition," a campaign to significantly reduce the spread of HIV. See interview.

Gains Eyed from Less Driving

rugglesA report for MassPIRG and Transportation for Massachusetts estimates the varieties of cost savings that could result from less driving and a shift to other forms of transportation. See interview with Kirstie Pecci and Jon Olivieri of MassPIRG.

Units Ease Chinatown Crunch

onegreenwayWork is completed on One Greenway, a mixed-income development in Boston's Chinatown, with 363 units, 95 of them affordable apartments (for which there were almost 4,400 applications). See report.

Mayor Signs Gun Replica Ban

replicasMayor Marty Walsh signs an ordinance passed by the City Council to ban gun replicas in Boston's public areas. The signing, at 12th Baptist Church in Roxbury, follows the seizure of 153 replica guns by the Boston Police. See report on the signing, followed by an interview with one of the supporters of the ban, the associate pastor of Azusa Christian Community, Rev. Mark V. Scott.