Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page James Vaznis Globe Staff January 27, 2019 By many measures, the Boston school system should be flush with cash, thanks to the city’s booming economy.Over the past decade, the parking lots and rotting piers of the Seaport District have given way to sleek office towers and luxury condominiums, and large-scale developments have sprouted up elsewhere, including the city’s third tallest skyscraper (in the Back Bay).That has pumped tens of billions of dollars into the city’s tax base, swelling it beyond $160 billion. The new revenue has allowed Boston to increase spending on city services while keeping homeowner’s taxes among the lowest in the state, a feat Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently championed in his state of the city address. Advertisement Yet earlier in January on Beacon Hill, Walsh painted a more dire picture of city finances as he … [Read more...] about Amid a booming economy, Boston’s schools seem cash poor. What’s going wrong?
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By Sarah Favot | PUBLISHED: December 18, 2018 at 11:20 am | UPDATED: December 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm With the first teachers strike in nearly 30 years looming, the contract dispute between the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union intensified Tuesday as the two sides disagreed over whether they’ve reached an agreement on a 6 percent pay increase. L.A. Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner held a news conference Tuesday at the district’s downtown headquarters to release a much-anticipated report from a state-appointed factfinding panel, which evaluated the union and the district’s contract proposals and aimed to create a framework for how the two sides can avoid a strike. In the report, a three-member panel said the teachers union should accept the district’s offer of a 6 percent pay raise, a proposal that back in September the United Teachers Los Angeles — the union — rejected, slamming it as “insulting.” On … [Read more...] about LAUSD, teachers union inch closer to a strike after key factfinder report says ‘lack of trust’ plagues talks
The elaborate bays, wings and bell tower of St. Andrew’s Church once anchored Hungarian and German festivals, welcoming generations of immigrant workers to the neighborhood south of St. Paul’s Como Lake. After nearly a century of weddings and baptisms inside its red-brick walls, the joyous noise went silent in 2011, when the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis merged the dwindling Catholic parish with another and deconsecrated the 1920s-era church building. After sitting vacant for two years, the structure reopened in the fall of 2013 as part of the Twin Cities German Immersion charter school. A gutted former sanctuary is now a gym. A basement fellowship hall serves as a cafeteria. While terracotta tiling remains, more than just the church interior has been altered. As of 2013, a new addition physically links the back of the former St. Andrew’s to the 1950s-era school building next door. The neighboring rectory was demolished when the school arrived. A … [Read more...] about German school’s quest to raze ‘landmark’ St. Paul church may fall to city council
Jennifer Chambers The Detroit News Published 11:07 PM EST Nov 25, 2018 Michigan schools are dramatically ramping up efforts to modernize their security while fiercely competing for safety grants to afford the pricey upgrades. This year, spending on school security has increased dramatically after state lawmakers gave $25 million to the Michigan State Police for school safety grants in the wake of mass school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. But the $25 million is about a third of what schools requested. Michigan State Police received a total of 407 applications requesting $69 million for its competitive school safety grant program. The state awarded $25 million in grants to beef up security in and around school buildings and to protect students and staff. By comparison in 2017, only $2 million in state grants was awarded to schools for safety improvements from 84 requests that sought $8.4 million. The majority of funds will … [Read more...] about Michigan schools to get $25 million in safety grants