Posted inOpinion

Boston charter students not treated equitably

AS STUDENTS IN BOSTON and across the country continue to reel from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of conversation about the importance of students receiving the education funding they need. By March 2021, the federal government had committed an unprecedented extra $190 billion to public schools, of which Boston […]

Posted inEnvironment

For environmental justice communities, tackling climate change can’t wait

IN THE FINAL days of summer, the Commonwealth is looking back at a season of near-record rainfall, multiple heat advisories, and dangerously smoky air. The classic Massachusetts summer filled with bike rides along the Charles and Red Sox games has looked much different this year. Extreme heat events have claimed more lives in the United States over […]

Posted inEnergy, Environment, Opinion

Polluters should fund measures to combat climate change

AUGUST MARKED THE first anniversary of the federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the largest investment in clean energy in our nation’s history. Still, climate doomsday stories and hostile weather tragedies drive the news coverage and are irresistible clickbait. Sadly, they lead the public to believe we are on a sinking boat without life preservers. Despite […]

Posted inHealth Care

A path forward for physician portability

MASSACHUSETTS HAS long been recognized as a global leader in health care, hospitals, education, and innovation. We wear this label proudly but must remain committed to continuous improvement and investment in the healthcare infrastructure that makes our Commonwealth remarkable. The reality is that not all communities and residents in Massachusetts can easily access the quality […]

Posted inOpinion

Could Supreme Court’s admissions decision affect Mass. climate law?

AT THE END of this past year’s term, the US Supreme Court issued a decision finding that affirmative action programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  Reasoning that college admissions are zero-sum and consideration of race necessitates “employ[ing] race in a negative manner” as […]

Posted inEnergy, Opinion

It makes no sense to eliminate the competitive electricity market

THIS PAST YEAR has not been kind to Massachusetts electric ratepayers—at least some of them. For customers who do not shop and choose their own energy provider, the average residential rate hike in National Grid’s service area was more than $110 per month this past winter, a 64 percent increase. In Eversource’s service area, rates spiked 42 […]