Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is leaving office next month after 8 years. Today we’re looking back at his record on education. Patrick instituted bold and controversial policies in the middle of his term, in part to close what’s called the achievement gap between students with different economic and racial backgrounds.
With less than three weeks left in Senate President Therese Murray’s long Senate career and the 2013-2014 session, legislative leaders have lowered expectations for those hoping for a surge in activity akin to the recent passage in the lame-duck Congress of a $1.1 trillion spending bill.
The town is the first in the commonwealth to offer a community wood bank to help people heat their homes. The wood bank is modeled after established ones in Maine and New Hampshire.
In his final days in office, Patrick is touting a record with quite a few accomplishments, and also its share of blemishes.
The Vernon reactor has generated electricity on the banks of the Connecticut River since 1972. It’s also generated public discord, litigation and mistrust. Officials on both sides hope that’s coming to an end, now that the plant is closing. But with decades of cleanup and decommissioning ahead, the saga of Vermont Yankee and the state is far from over.
Anthony Gulluni takes office as relations between communities of color and law enforcement have gained national attention.
For nine years, the artist Matt Mitchell has been painting portraits of men and women who have come back home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He recently finished his 100th.
Between Patrick administration officials searching for jobs and Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s hunt for talent to join him in the executive branch, the coffee shops and restaurants of Beacon Hill are humming with human resources activity.
Ashley Petersen, a Sandy Hook native, created a Facebook event called “26 Days of Kindness,” in which each day leading up to Dec. 14 is dedicated to a victim of the shooting.
Massachusetts’ website had been a mess. But the state spent tens of millions of dollars on a re-do.
In the wake of recent grand jury decisions in the killings of two unarmed black men by police, Swan has called for the creation of a new commission on police-community relations in Springfield.
A person could be forgiven for wondering why state government finds itself with an unbalanced budget less than five months after Gov. Deval Patrick signed a $36.5 billion spending plan.
The Revolution have been to the cup four times before, but not since 2007, and they’ve never won.
After years of false starts, a clean-up of the former Belchertown State School is expected to start in a matter of weeks. The building demolition will clear the way for new developments on a property with a a past.
As the marijuana industry takes shape in Massachusetts, it will need a trained workforce. What skills will that person behind the dispensary counter have? How […]