The Back Story

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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Is state takeover of Holyoke schools coming?

Is state takeover of Holyoke schools coming?

Community concerned; mayor takes nuanced stand

IN 2012, THE chronically low-performing Lawrence school system became the first district put into state receivership under a 2010 education law that gives the state sweeping new powers over struggling schools. Will Holyoke be next? That question now looms over the Western Massachusetts district of 5,500 students, where achievement has long been low and dropout(...)

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No good deed goes unpunished

No good deed goes unpunished

Generous teacher may have run afoul of state ethics laws on “Ellen DeGeneres Show”

Good deeds, they say, are their own rewards and a Dorchester charter school teacher may soon have to settle for that. Nicole Bollerman, a third-grade teacher at UP Academy Dorchester, has received well-deserved praise from around the country since the Boston Globe put the spotlight on her just before Christmas for winning a $150,000 prize(...)

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Steward rules

Steward rules

State regulators unable to stop for-profit health company from acting on its own

STEWARD HEALTH CARE is changing the rules of hospital oversight in Massachusetts and there is little state regulators are doing about it. In November, Steward announced it was closing the beleaguered Quincy Medical Center at the end of last year. The announcement seemed to fly in the face of both the contractual commitment Steward made(...)

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A warning on natural gas

A warning on natural gas

Report suggests more pipeline capacity is needed

JUST MINUTES BEFORE Charlie Baker became governor, the Patrick administration released a $250,000 study suggesting winter electricity prices are likely to remain very high for the next four years and additional natural gas pipeline capacity is needed to address the problem. The report by Synapse Energy Economics of Cambridge said the state is likely to(...)

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From Lottery games to Olympic Games

Bain explores game to finance Boston bid

One of the biggest areas of concern when it comes to the potential of an Olympics in Boston, among both proponents and opponents of a Hub Games, is where to find the necessary funding. Organizers claim the estimated $4.5 billion needed to get the Games up and running will be fully taken care of by(...)

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How pay reflects power on Beacon Hill

Should speaker, Senate president be paid like governor?

If anyone has doubts about the centralization of power in the Legislature, take a look at the special advisory commission’s recommendations on the pay of top elected officials. The commission is urging lawmakers to dramatically boost the salaries of the House speaker and Senate president from $102,000 to $175,000 a year. The commission said the(...)

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Patrick’s education-policy split personality

Officials at odds on standardized testing

When the Boston Globe reported on its front page earlier this month on a brewing backlash against what critics say is an overemphasis on standardized testing in Massachusetts schools, the state’s education secretary, Matthew Malone, seemed to be leading the charge. “It’s assessment gone wild,” Malone told the paper, adding that there seemed to be(...)

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