Spring 2003

Spring 2003

Everyone wants to write the definitive definition of the American Dream

Everyone wants to write the definitive definition of the American Dream

In the beginning, there was land ownership. American colonists understood the concept, American Indians didn’t, and the result was a nation that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Now we have air rights, a concept that allows property owners to profit from the nothingness above them. Speculators buy the empty space above buildings, parking(...)

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Counterpoint

No one knows better than teachers how bad things were in some of our school districts during the recession of the early 1990s. Holyoke had classrooms crammed with more than 40 students, most of them poor and many of them recent immigrants. There were no state curriculum standards. Our school buildings were ranked among the(...)

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Mitt sends his missionaries to Capitol Hill

Mitt sends his missionaries to Capitol Hill

The Congressional Pig Book, published annually by the Washington, DC-based Citizens Against Government Waste, is supposed to shame the states that are the biggest recipients of pork-barrel spending–and the members of Congress who champion dubious federal outlays. But the Massachusetts congressional delegation, as well as state officials, must have felt a different sort of embarrassment(...)

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Argument

In the often treacherous cauldron of education politics in this state, it is especially critical to remember how we got to where we are today. Such memories will help us make sense of recent calls to abandon key elements of education reform in the face of the current budget crisis–and resist them. The years prior(...)

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Tutoring sessions for Peyser

INTRO TEXT No one was more disappointed than Ricardo Moreta when he learned that he had fallen short on the math portion of the MCAS exam, for the third time, and would not graduate with his class in June. But now, as he prepares to give the test another go this spring, the 18-year-old Dorchester(...)

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Teacher bonuses that are no windfall

Teacher bonuses that are no windfall

INTRO TEXT Cathie Clement is trained as a lawyer, and she’s worked in industry, state government, and private practice. But the hardest job she’s ever done is the one she’s doing now: teaching math in middle school. “The only people who understand how stressful teaching is are my trial lawyer friends,” says Clement. “You’re always(...)

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New New Democrats and old

INTRO TEXT When a group of state lawmakers and business leaders called a press conference in January to announce a new effort to reinvigorate the Democratic Leadership Council in Massachusetts, there was a feisty tone to their message. Vowing to shake things up in a state where Democrats dominate but have been unable to elect(...)

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A teen journalist grills Colin Powell

A teen journalist grills Colin Powell

INTRO TEXT When Olga Tsyganova entered a conference room in the US State Department to interview Secretary of State Colin Powell for TeenInk magazine, she didn’t clutch her note cards like the two other students in the room. The 19-year-old Franklin resident didn’t need reminders to ask tough questions. When Powell joined them–the interview was(...)

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