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For years, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Boston has been part of a stubborn small cohort of abysmally performing voc-tech schools that have stood as laggards in a world of Massachusetts vocational schools that have performed so well President Obama came to deliver the commencement address at one last month.  

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is a straight-shooter on most issues, but on casino gambling he’s tied up in knots.

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There’s nothing like a summer news lull to fan the flames of a good scandal, and it’s House Speaker Robert DeLeo ’s turn in the glare of the beating summer sun. After insisting for years he’s done nothing wrong in handing out patronage jobs at the Probation department, DeLeo’s name is being spoken as often as the three defendants  -- actually more in the case of two of them - in the federal corruption trial of top Probation officials.

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PARCC isn't standing still. Heading into the second year of field testing in the spring of 2015, about 60 percent of Massachusetts school districts have opted to jettison MCAS for PARCC, the new online student assessment regime; roughly 40 percent of districts have decided to stay with MCAS.

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It would be hard to swing a dead cat in the State House without hitting a member of the nearly all-Democratic Legislature who has railed in one form or another against rising income inequality, which has become the cause of our time, particularly among liberal-leaning types.

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