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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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Marty Walsh blinked. Or maybe he scored big.

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It's the gift that keeps giving, the evergreen story that gets repackaged every so often and then met with varying degrees of outrage, some sincere and others as phony as a Boston City Council vow to serve as an independent counterweight to mayoral authority.

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Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen recently visited "Vegas-by-the-Sea" and found nothing good to say about Atlantic City's casino experiment. In the time-honored tradition of journalists everywhere, Cullen tapped the consummate local expert, a taxi driver, for his view on the Bay State's gaming proposition. "You say Massachusetts is gonna have casinos?" the cabbie said. "You people are nuts."

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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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