Boston

Jackson shakes up the map

Jackson shakes up the map

Councilor’s entry to mayoral race means no 2013 replay

THAT BOSTON CONVERSATION about race is about to get super interesting, but perhaps not in the way Mayor Marty Walsh intended. Walsh, who announced the conversations late last year, will face off against one of the city’s more prominent African American elected officials (possibly among others) in his fall reelection bid. District 7 City Councilor(...)

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Boston’s presidential election numbers

Boston’s presidential election numbers

Huge Clinton margins - but lower turnout - in minority precincts mirror her problems nationally

NATIONWIDE, THE STORY over the past couple of weeks has been how Donald Trump outmaneuvered Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Back here in Boston the converse was true: Hillary Clinton trounced Donald Trump. Clinton did slightly better in Boston than President Obama did in both 2008 and 2012. Even further, Clinton did not(...)

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What I told my students after the election

What I told my students after the election

There are lots of reasons to remain hopeful

ONE OF THE biggest things that kept me awake on Tuesday night was how I would help my eighth grade civics class process this election, especially since I spent Tuesday’s class reviewing the Electoral College and showing them projections from fivethirtyeight.com.  After the results came in on Tuesday, I thought Wednesday was going to be one(...)

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Boston’s ‘A team’ of charter school leaders

Boston’s ‘A team’ of charter school leaders

Talent explains why the Hub is home to the nation's best charters

ANYONE LISTENING TO the pricey TV ad duels over whether to lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts knows there’s plenty to disagree about. But only the careful listeners know there’s one undisputed point: Massachusetts has the nation’s best charter schools, as this just-released Brookings study makes clear. The only remaining disagreement is how(...)

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GE coming because of our brains, not brilliant pols

With all the excitement and high-fiving among state and city and leaders starting to wind down, now comes the annoying reality check on the General Electric news that ruins all the fun. It turns out Charlie Baker and Marty Walsh don’t walk on water. Their bipartisan rowing in the same direction was surely helpful (there(...)

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Bloody night in Greater Boston

Gun violence has become the Muzak soundtrack to life in urban America: It’s always there, it’s bothersome, and it’s barely noticed after a while. At least by those outside its usual perimeter. The three things that seem to change that reality are numbers, fatalities, and geography. Lots of victims all at once, lots of fatalities(...)

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