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.
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.
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.
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.
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.