Walsh celebrates community at swearing-in

New is good.  New is exciting.  New is full of promise.  That seemed the mood at Boston College today when Martin Joseph Walsh was sworn in as the 54th mayor of Boston, the  first new Boston mayor inaugurated in the 21st century. Public ceremonies like inaugurations are supposed to bind together in shared values all …

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Menino v. Connolly an intergenerational competition

One need look no further than Joe Fitzgerald's column in today's Boston Herald to know why City Councillor John Connolly's mayoral bid is such an uphill race.  Fitzgerald looks at Menino through his wife Angela's eyes.  Angela is much loved and, wherever Tom Menino goes, she is there.  She talks about how far he has …

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Boston students deserve more learning, less busing

This fall, after 27 months of bitter negotiations, the Boston Teachers Union accepted a contract providing new forms of teacher evaluation and remediation for under-performing teachers. At the same time, they turned thumbs down on extending the school day by 45 minutes.  That's a pity because, if there's one things students need, it's more time in …

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Menino links proposed school system changes to potential economic growth

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino this morning delivered one of the best speeches of his political career, and it brought the crowd of several hundred at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast to their feet in an enthusiastic ovation. In it, he laid out a compelling vision for a comprehensive overhaul of the Boston Public …

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To understand urban education, walk in the principal’s shoes

She got on the phone with facilities people to get the heating system working, met with two guidance counselors about arrangements for Spirit Day, caught up with another administrator about making sure teachers had turned in student grades, negotiated with a School Department researcher about an up-coming health and wellness survey and how best to …

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