Demographics

Diversity data gaps

Diversity data gaps

Surprisingly, some state agencies don't track their minority hiring

EVERY YEAR, THE governor’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity publishes a detailed report on the diversity of the workforce at each of the executive branch secretariats, now numbering nine. But many other parts of state government —the constitutional officers, the Legislature, the judiciary, and the various state authorities—rarely, if ever, release any diversity data(...)

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Bridging the urban-rural divide in Mass.

Bridging the urban-rural divide in Mass.

Three suggestions for linking Boston and rest of state

EVAN HOROWITZ AND JAMES PINDELL of the Boston Globe remarked in a November 14 article that “the Trump effect” occurred in Massachusetts as well: while Greater Boston voted more Democratic in 2016 than 2012, outside of I-495 trended more Republican—often significantly. A map accompanying the story depicted a growing divide between Greater Boston and the(...)

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New poverty numbers are misleading

New poverty numbers are misleading

Census data overlook other facets of the problem

NEW CENSUS NUMBERS released last month saw incomes rise by 5 percent nationally and the poverty rate dropping to 13.5 percent from 14.8. The news made major headlines. Many are celebrating. And yes, it is the right direction, but these numbers paint a misleading picture. A look behind the numbers shows our families are being short-changed. There(...)

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Bump sees physical education inequality

Bump sees physical education inequality

State auditor says there's a link between obesity and lack of PE resources

STATE AUDITOR SUZANNE BUMP says a 2014 audit her office conducted of the state’s child obesity programs turned up income correlations that are strikingly similar to what CommonWealth uncovered in its report in the fall issue on high school sports (“Rich-poor divide in high school sports”). CommonWealth found that sports participation in high schools across(...)

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Massachusetts seeing population growth

Massachusetts seeing population growth

But pace slowing; out-migration a problem

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE POPULATION OF MASSACHUSETTS is growing at a rate about three times more rapid than surrounding states, a good sign for the state’s economy and its prospects of retaining all of its seats in Congress after the next census, officials said. With an estimated population of 6,794,422 as of July 1,(...)

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Education programs needed for prostate cancer

Education programs needed for prostate cancer

Disease is more common, lethal than breast cancer

TOO MANY MEN are still trying to run away but they cannot hide from prostate cancer. I was one of those men—until a diagnosis of prostate cancer in 2008 brought my racing plans to a screeching halt. After having competed in over 60 marathons, in harsh weather conditions and against some of the fastest men(...)

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Boston’s African American leaders

Boston’s African American leaders

Q&A with Ken Cooper

PHOTOJOURNALIST DON WEST teamed up with former Boston Globe national editor Ken Cooper on Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership to document the careers of Boston-area African American leaders who have distinguished themselves in fields from arts to politics. The book is a photographic journey through the stories of more than 100 black men(...)

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