Winter 2018

Winter 2018

UMass Boston’s Dr. Evil

UMass Boston’s Dr. Evil

Interim chancellor acknowledged controversial cuts

“I AM NOW Dr. Evil,” said Barry Mills after it was reported that he planned to shut down the daycare center at the University of Massachusetts Boston as part of an effort to rein in costs at the campus. Brought in as interim chancellor to right the university’s finances, Mills made the comment in an(...)

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DAs differ on expense approaches

DAs differ on expense approaches

No pattern or guide on office spending

AS A GROUP, the 11 district attorneys in Massachusetts are not big spenders when it comes to dining out or traveling on the state’s dime. But within the group, there are some wide variations. Overall, the district attorneys spent $67,012 over the course of a year on trips, meals, and related expenses, according to records(...)

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The real art of the deal 

The real art of the deal 

Former education commissioner David Driscoll offers sound lessons in leadership

Commitment and Commonsense: Leading Education Reform in Massachusetts By David P. Driscoll Cambridge: Harvard Education Press 256 pages BOOKS ABOUT THE ins and outs about how laws are implemented do not tend to keep you up reading late into the night. That’s a shame, because what happens at the ground level once a law is(...)

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Trump in charge of Warren’s baby

Trump in charge of Warren’s baby

Senator now on outside looking in at CFPB

THE TUSSLE OVER Richard Cordray’s successor as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau underscored a new reality for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The agency she created, which was by a quirk of her design the final holdout in a Washington regulatory apparatus that President Donald Trump has bent to his deregulatory will, is now(...)

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How now cow power?

How now cow power?

Cows providing fuel for electricity

IN A RURAL valley south of Deerfield, power lines strung on new poles run along a stretch of muddy gravel between the main road and the interior of Bar-Way Farm, where hundreds of cows provide electricity along with their milk. Manure from the cows is pumped into a massive, red, airtight tank that acts like(...)

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Diversity lessons

Diversity lessons

A well-integrated Massachusetts public school is a rare commodity. We’re making a virtue of that for our students and families.

IN A CITY with a difficult history of race relations, one of the most important strengths schools can give our students is the ability to communicate across racial lines. Boston Collegiate Charter School, located in Dorchester and with a student body that mirrors the demographics of a changing city, has had to navigate difficult conversations(...)

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Free news isn’t free

Free news isn’t free

Consider a donation to support the work of CommonWealth

WHEN I CAME to work at CommonWealth in late 2008, we had four reporters putting out a print magazine four times a year. Today, nine years later, the print magazine still goes out four times a year. But we also post stories and commentary on a daily basis on the CommonWealth website. We send out(...)

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