Winter 2003

Winter 2003

Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice

It is a blustery autumn afternoon and the Framingham Community Charter School is in lockdown mode. Just moments before, the school’s 96 sixth-graders were on the playground after lunch when school principal Michael Delman got word over his walkie-talkie that, as he puts it, “somebody was shot in the neighborhood and the shooter was missing.”(...)

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A question of commitment

A question of commitment

Barbara Schwartz wears big glasses and uses a trained dog named Thomas to help her get around. She is small, funny, sarcastic, and sometimes dismissive of those she deems unworthy. But Schwartz is a pit bull, and if you care about protecting the public against sexual predators, she should be your hero. Schwartz came to(...)

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The budget and reform challenge ahead

If there were similarities between the gubernatorial campaigns of 1990 and 2002, the parallel between 1991 and 2003–new Republican governor facing fiscal crisis–is even closer. There are a handful of reasons to believe that Mitt Romney could be better able to manage the fiscal retrenchment and bureaucratic restructuring ahead than Bill Weld was in slaying(...)

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Handing over the keys

Dear Mitt: By now, I’m sure you’ve grown accustomed to the joys of being governor. You know what I’m talking about: The invitations to forums and events. The endless meeting requests. The hours of poring over your first budget proposal. You have close aides and advisors to help you sort those things out. Here is(...)

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Letters

Your article “On-the-job training” (Fall 2002) highlighted the CALL initiative of the Jewish Vocational Service of Greater Boston as providing essential post-employment follow-up services that are so critical to the long-term career success of our “at-risk” population. Job Corps, the nation’s largest residential employment and educational-training program for economically disadvantaged youth, has also recognized and(...)

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