CommonWealth Staff

Stories by CommonWealth Staff

The Codcast: Lessons from the teacher of the year

It was one thing when Sydney Chaffee was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Now she’s been named one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year, with announcement of the winner due in April. It’s been an exciting ride for the 9th grade humanities instructor at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester(...)

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Hitting Trump where it hurts

President Trump’s opponents haven’t had much luck in Washington blocking his cabinet appointments, but they seem to be having some success in convincing people to stop purchasing products associated with the commander in chief or his family members. The grassroots movement Grab Your Wallet calls on consumers to boycott stores and companies that sell or(...)

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Is criminal justice reform misfiring?

This is the era of criminal justice reform. States across the country are reexamining criminal justice policies with an eye toward addressing the ignoble distinction the US holds of claiming astronomical incarceration rates far out of line with those in other developed countries. We even make repressive regimes like Russia and Cuba look like softies(...)

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Extreme vetting needed

You have to give Donald Trump credit for follow through. He railed against immigrants throughout his campaign, and at one point called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” Late on Friday, he issued an executive order(...)

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