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Ignore the charter school think-tank crowd

Ignore the charter school think-tank crowd

We don’t need and can't afford charter school expansion in New Bedford

YOU ARE AN EDUCATION RESEARCHER sent to discover best practices in urban schools so that you can replicate them to create results for more kids—kids who you believe are trapped in mediocre schools. You look at three exemplar schools to scale up: School A has 336 students and rates in the state’s 85th accountability percentile,(...)

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Sudders takes wrong tack on drug costs   

Sudders takes wrong tack on drug costs  

Regulating pharmaceutical prices would kill innovation

MARYLOU SUDDERS, the Baker administration’s secretary of health and human services, is a model public servant. Honest, smart, and an advocate for vulnerable people, the Commonwealth is lucky to have her. That said, her recent op-ed advocating government “rate setting” for drug prices in the MassHealth program displays an alarming misunderstanding of the business model(...)

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State’s manufacturing past is part of the future

State’s manufacturing past is part of the future

Industry continues to be a key cog in Massachusetts’ economy

THE DIVERSITY OF the Massachusetts economy is one of its strengths. Our leading positions in health care, higher education, technology, and the life sciences have allowed the Commonwealth to thrive during periods of expansion and weather the storms of recession better than other regions. Manufacturing remains a vital sector of our national economy, and one(...)

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New civics education law misses the mark

New civics education law misses the mark

Thinking ‘civically’ can’t really be legislated

WHEN THE NATION has an itch, the schools get a scratch. As a result, Massachusetts students are getting a new civics requirement, which Charlie Baker signed into law Thursday. Many in the Commonwealth and around the United States have developed concerns over the past few years about the health of our democracy. Without question, this(...)

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Baker shows a Republican can do well in cities

Baker shows a Republican can do well in cities

Courting urban leaders, voters was a strategy that paid off

ON HIS WAY to a landslide victory this week, Charlie Baker did something unusual for a Republican these days. He won urban areas, pulling 55 percent in the state’s 20 largest cities and towns, according to unofficial returns from the AP. This is not normal fare for our politics here in Massachusetts, or really anywhere(...)

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Baker faces big challenges on education, transportation

Baker faces big challenges on education, transportation

Popularity may be tested by need for more revenues

NO REPUBLICAN in more than 60 years has governed Massachusetts for two full terms. Charlie Baker has been pretty clear about what he plans to do with the next four years, but far less forthcoming on how exactly he’s going to accomplish it. GOP governors William Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Mitt Romney all felt the(...)

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Going behind the vote totals in legislative races

Going behind the vote totals in legislative races

Look who did and did not contribute to Nguyen

A correction has been made to this story. THE OVERALL OUTCOME of Tuesday’s legislative races wasn’t all that dramatic – Democrats, who already dominate on Beacon Hill, picked up three more seats – but there were some interesting trends and tidbits for political junkies. The cost of a campaign for a legislative seat typically runs(...)

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‘Big Marijuana’ is actually a thing

‘Big Marijuana’ is actually a thing

Dire warnings about large investors entering legal market were right, just not accurate

DURING THE 2016 CAMPAIGN, and since the passage of the law legalizing the sale and adult use of marijuana in Massachusetts, opponents of legal pot have continually pointed to the potential for wealthy investors to cash in on the billion-dollar industry and nudge smaller entrepreneurs to the side. They have labeled such corporate backers “Big(...)

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Steve Wynn sues Gaming Commission to block report

Steve Wynn sues Gaming Commission to block report

Says Wynn Resorts gave privileged materials to agency

STEVE WYNN is suing his former company, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, and the commission’s chief investigator, seeking to block the upcoming release of a report on his sexual misconduct that allegedly relies on improperly obtained privileged information. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in Las Vegas and publicly disclosed at a Gaming Commission hearing Thursday, claims(...)

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