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Boston School Assignment Reform Attracts Some Opportunists

The Boston School Assignment saga has reached a resolution: the ‘Home-Based Plan’ will be implemented with the 2014-15 school year. The External Advisory Board deserves […]

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Someone Is Thinking About Challenging Mayor Menino

Yet again, some anonymous polling firm put me through a few minutes of questions this week on the upcoming Mayor’s race. The call came earlier […]

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BPS School Assignment Reform: Nearing the End?

The BPS school assignment reform process has taken almost a year, but we may be headed to a conclusion. The original goal was to have […]

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HOT Lanes Are Working, But Not in Massachusetts

Both Washington DC and Boston are ringed by Beltways: 128/95 and 495/95, respectively. But expansion projects on each road highlight radically different approaches to dealing […]

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With Sports Radio, The Freaks Come Out At Night

For those who don’t sleep at night, allow someone on the other side to let you in on a secret: The overnight radio options in […]

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Where Do MBTA Cars Go When They Die?

Left: PCC double-end air-electric used on the Mattapan line, retired from service in 1982. Top right: Standard streetcar called the Boston Special that ran between Union […]

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New MBTA Chief's Atlanta Audit Is No Big Deal

Incoming MBTA GM Beverly Scott has gotten a lot of scrutiny over the past few weeks. There’s been extensive coverage of counseling she received and […]

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No One Cares About the Governor's Council (At Least on the South Coast)

A bizarre footnote to the election is the 1st District Governor’s Council Race (think Cape and South Coast): The incumbent was Charles Cipollini, who won […]

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The Logistical Feat of Busing in Boston

Not to mention this added complexity. Photo by Jose Gil via Shutterstock.com Regular readers know about my fascination with the Boston Public Schools busing/school assignment […]

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What We Know About the BPS School Assignment

Much to its credit, the Boston Public Schools released tons of raw data to the public as part of the BPS School Assignment process. For […]

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BPS Just Changed the Rules in the Middle of the Game

In the Boston Public Schools assignment process, sibling preference has always been treated as sacrosanct. In 2004, when the assignment process was examined, the Task […]

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BPS Needs to Fix Its Walk Zone Utilities

One of the bedrock assurances in the Boston Public Schools roll-out of school assignment reform options is the preservation of walk zones. The BPS message […]

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What's Missing from the Boston Public School Zone Plans

The BPS released a range of school assignment reform options last night. The proposals range from a no-zone, neighborhood schools model to a six-zone model, […]

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Someone Is Thinking About Running for Mayor in 2013

One of the least pleasing noises in my household is the phone call in the midst of dinner. But there it was last week—the telltale […]

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Primary Day? What Primary Day?

While the Brown-Warren Senate race captures headlines state-wide and the national media focuses on the Presidential contest, some of the Boston area’s more obscure offices […]