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Is two years too short?

Is two years too short?

Some communities lengthen mayoral terms from two to four years

  THIRTEEN TIMES between 1983 and 2010, John Barrett III ran for mayor of North Adams and won. But Barrett said the constant drumbeat of running for election in the second year of each two-year term took its toll on his energy and his ability to focus on the job at hand. “You usually spend(...)

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Schooling outside the box

Schooling outside the box

121 charter, innovation schools mostly in urban areas

    MASSACHUSETTS CLAIMS A RICH HISTORY as the birthplace of public education in the United States. These days it’s giving rise to new forms of public schooling in response to growing frustration with the performance of traditional district schools, especially those in communities serving lots of students from low-income families. The state’s landmark 1993(...)

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Road warriors

Road warriors

when the four gubernatorial candidates were queried at a debate about the cars they drove, Republican Charlie Baker drew some envious chuckles when he said he had a ’66 Mustang. But more than a few people nodded their heads knowingly because they, too, are driving old cars, many out of necessity. According to the Registry(...)

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Party registration by town 2008

Party registration by town 2008

  As of fall 2008, the last time that the secretary of state’s office released town-level data, independent voters (technically, “unenrolled” voters), made up a slight majority of the Bay State electorate: 51 percent, versus 37 percent for Democrats and 12 percent for Republicans. The map above shows the level of Democratic registration by city(...)

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