Summer 2004

Summer 2004

CommonWealth Forum totes up assets and opportunities

INTRO TEXT “Asset inequality” is a major reason why African-Americans continue to lag behind white Americans in terms of homeownership and education, agreed several speakers at the latest CommonWealth forum, though there was less agreement on the causes and cures of this condition. “With a Little Help From Our Friends (and Families): Assets, Race, and(...)

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Technology upgrade

Technology upgrade

On a sunny April morning, three dozen people drift into a sterile white conference room at the University of Phoenix job-training center in Westborough and collect in small groups, making idle conversation. Most are male, and most are white. Virtually all are age 45 or older. To a person, they have experience in electronics or(...)

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Offshore leave

Offshore leave

The 4th Congressional District, represented by 12-term Democrat Barney Frank, snakes its way from the pricey Boston suburbs of Newton and Wellesley more than 50 miles south to the blue-collar city of New Bedford on Buzzards Bay. A product of various redistricting maneuvers over the years, it is probably the oddest shaped of the 10(...)

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Flunking out

Flunking out

What do we do about them? Julie Holly, a Winchendon mom, has put out Snickerdoodles and croissants, muffins and chocolate chip bread. Four other moms are seated around the table, but no one’s touching the sweets. Having the label of “underperforming” slapped on your school district—and by extension your town, your teachers, your kids, and(...)

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Bay State Nation

Bay State Nation

What if America were more like us?

Read responses to this article. When the first President Bush ran for re-election in 1992, he cautioned the electorate against voting for a governor from Arkansas. “We do not want to be the lowest of the low,” Bush said, referring to literacy rates, poverty levels, and other measures that did not reflect well on the(...)

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All about the “other” other JFK

All about the “other” other JFK

Multiple JFKs and other name games in Massachusetts politics When the Democrats convene in Boston’s FleetCenter to nominate US Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts for the presidency, the name John F. Kennedy is sure to be invoked, with no shortage of comparisons between the “old JFK” and the “new JFK.” What most of those(...)

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The cleanup of Boston Harbor was surprisingly triumphant

The cleanup of Boston Harbor was surprisingly triumphant

Political Waters: The Long, Dirty, Contentious, Incredibly Expensive but Eventually Triumphant History of Boston Harbor—A Unique Environmental Success StoryBy Eric Jay DolinUniversity of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 356 pages. At a recent Rappaport Institute panel at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, former governor Michael Dukakis called the Boston Harbor cleanup a success “that nobody talks about,”(...)

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A court decision on school financing is a chance to revisitand improveeducation reform

A court decision on school financing is a chance to revisitand improveeducation reform

The coverage in the press gave a misleading picture of the school finance decision handed down by Judge Margot Botsford in April. The judge did not say that the state needed to throw out its current system of funding schools nor did she say that we needed to divert millions of dollars from wealthy districts(...)

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