The Back Story

Tracking the EMK Institute’s funding

Tracking the EMK Institute’s funding

Conflicting views on UMass role

THE NEW EDWARD M. KENNEDY INSTITUTE is a marvel of a museum, an architecturally breathtaking building that attempts to educate visitors about the role and operations of the US Senate. It is run by a nonprofit foundation whose funding comes from private donors, the federal government, the state of Massachusetts, and the University of Massachusetts,(...)

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Study of black and Latino boys excludes charter success

Study of black and Latino boys excludes charter success

Report finds little to cheer about in Boston Public Schools, but examples of high achievement in area charter schools are plentiful

Researchers conducting a study looking for effective practices that are helping black and Latino boys close the achievement reported a stunning finding this week: No Boston schools are succeeding at doing this. But the study would not have had to look very far to find examples where high achievement among that population is, in fact,(...)

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Rules debate puts Beacon Hill on hold

Rules debate puts Beacon Hill on hold

Senate pushing for ability to control its own bills

THE MBTA ISN’T the only state entity that’s been operating with significant delays. The movement of legislation on Beacon Hill has been ground to a halt by a debate on internal rules that is fraying nerves no less than February’s frozen subway switches and iced-over third rails. At issue is the process by which bills(...)

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Commuter rail ridership numbers don’t add up

Commuter rail ridership numbers don’t add up

Official data point in every direction

COMMUTER RAIL RIDERSHIP is up. No, it’s down. Actually, it’s held steady. These three statements cannot all be true. And yet, all three are supported by official data collected and published by the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in recent years. As leaders on Beacon Hill weigh the future of the MBTA, they do(...)

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Kid-free Boston

Kid-free Boston

A sharp decline in children is dramatically reshaping the city

IN A 2011 Boston Globe op-ed, columnist Scot Lehigh asked: “Where are the snow shovelers of yesteryear?” He suggested that the once-eager entrepreneurs must be more consumed by Facebook, texting, and video games than by making a few quick dollars trudging through the snow and slush. This winter’s snowfall has many Bostonians echoing Lehigh’s question. We crunched some numbers and now we have(...)

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Keolis accused MBTA of meddling in hiring

Keolis accused MBTA of meddling in hiring

Letter: T actions caused loss of repair chief

THE TOP OFFICIAL at the state’s commuter rail operator raised concerns in a December letter to the MBTA that agency officials were undermining efforts to hire an experienced executive to oversee train repair and maintenance. Thomas Mulligan, who at the time was the chief executive at Keolis Commuter Services, wrote a letter on December 24(...)

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House paid Boston law firm $262,000

House paid Boston law firm $262,000

Money went for ethics investigations

THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE paid $262,000 to a Boston law firm in 2013 and 2014 for work on ethics investigations. House officials are declining further comment on how the money was spent, but the timing of the payments suggests most of the money went for an investigation of former Rep. John Fresolo of Worcester. The House(...)

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The price of leadership

The price of leadership

Hecht, who bucked DeLeo on term limits, is demoted

CORRECTION: Several corrections were made to the original version of this story, all of them dealing with the pay of leadership positions in the House. Specifically, Rep. Jonathan Hecht’s leadership stipend was incorrect in the original version, as were the stipends of Reps. Harold Naughton, Patricia Haddad, Byron Rushing, and the heads of the two(...)

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Five takes on the T

Five takes on the T

Crisis at the state's transit agency

EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT the collapse of the T and wondering whether, to borrow a phrase from departing GM Beverly Scott, even God Jr. could get the trains running on time again. The stakes are incredibly high for Greater Boston and the state as a whole, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of people who(...)

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