Monday, January 28, 2013
The External Advisory Committee on School Choice is meeting Feb. 4 to hear the latest options from Boston Public Schools.
Monday, January 28
The following is a press release submitted by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino: With your support, in the coming weeks we will achieve meaningful education reforms that will benefit an entire generation of students and the broader community. Today I am asking for your help so we can move forward together. For nearly 25 years we have split the city into three sprawling student assignment zones—North, East and West. Families today are faced with a bewildering set of options with no assurance they'll get what they asked for. Our schools are better than ever and we do our best to match families with their choices, but too often, children are sent to schools far from home because we couldn't give them what they wanted. Many families avoid the process…
Monday, January 21, 2013
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is sponsoring three bills that would support gun control reform, a gun buyer background check and making gun trafficking a federal crime.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren met to discuss gun violence prevention on Friday, Jan. 18, championing reforms including a criminal background check on anyone buying a gun in the country. "Now is the time to turn words into actions, to line up supporters and to mobilize all Americans behind common sense gun reform," Menino said, during a publicized meeting at the Parkman House. Menino joked with Warren, calling her the "senior" senator of Massachusetts, then turned serious about three major points key to gun violence prevention: Warren said she has sponsored three bills being unveiled next week that support those three points. Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY, is filing the Fix Gun Checks Act to close the gap in …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The mayor said Tuesday that the developer of a Boston-area casino project had not yet approached the city with a proposal.
Mayor Thomas Menino said though he believes a casino project in Everett would impact Boston greatly, the developer behind that proposal has yet to seek input from city officials. Following a press conference on his 2013-14 state legislative session goals, Menino was asked about Wynn LLC’s recent application to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to construct a resort-casino along the Mystic River in Everett and whether he thought the project would affect city traffic. “You’d have to go through Charlestown, over the city’s property. That’s the gateway into the Everett site,” Menino said. “I’ve talked to several folks in development who’ve said to me that Boston leads into the site.” The mayor also had concerns about how a nearby casino …
The 2013-14 proposals include a bill establishing a gun offender registry and one providing further support for charter schools.
Mayor Thomas Menino is supporting a renewed focus on education and public safety for the 2013-14 legislative session, he announced Tuesday. During a short press conference attended by state legislators, their aides and others, Menino presented the city’s 2013-14 legislative initiative package, which features 49 bills including 24 new initiatives. “The concentration of those new bills is on the public schools and education and also on public safety,” Menino said. “We were fortunate enough a couple of years ago to get the educational reform bill through, and that gave us some tools to really move some of our schools forward, and we’re going to file another bill on educational reform with Representative [Martha] Walz.” Among the new education…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The mayor will file statewide legislation that could eliminate the cap on in-district charter schools.
Thursday, January 10
The following was submitted Jan. 9 by the City of Boston on behalf of Mayor Thomas Menino. All across our city this month, parents are choosing the schools where they would like to send their children to kindergarten. The Boston Public Schools are better than ever—but our school assignment process is 25 years old. Under the current system, we ask prospective families to visit as many as 30 schools—some of which may be across the street, others miles from home—and then wait and hope they’ll get what they wanted. Our school choice process can be confusing, unpredictable and unnecessarily complicated. We can do better. Rather than building strong communities, today’s system begins by splitting up communities, sending students from one street …
The city-owned building has an elevator and is closer to Boston City Hall than the Menino's Hyde Park home.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino hopes finally to be back living at his Hyde Park home in the next 10 days. Menino has been staying at the Parkman House on Beacon Street since being released from Spaulding Rehab on Dec. 23. Menino chose to stay at the city-owned property because of its proximity to Boston City Hall and Spaulding Rehab, while he continues twice-a-day physical rehabilitation. The Parkman House at 33 Beacon St. has an elevator, which is better for the 70-year-old mayor while he recuperates from a bad back, said Emilee Ellison, Mayor's Office spokesperson. Late in 2012, Menino was hospitalized for two months with a combination of ailments from a viral infection, a back fracture and then diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. But Menino is …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
City health officials want "thousands" to get vaccinated this weekend.
Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston health officials are asking residents of all ages to get flu vaccinations this weekend, during a series of free clinics set up to battle what Menino declared as a “public health emergency.” During a press conference held Wednesday afternoon at Parkman House on Beacon Hill, Menino urged residents to protect themselves against “an increasingly tough flu season” by getting vaccinated. “We are less than halfway through the flu season, but Boston has already seen about 700 confirmed cases of the flu since Oct. 1. That’s 10 times the amount of total cases we saw all of last year,” Menino said. “Today, we are announcing that this weekend in partnership with our community health centers, we will be offering free flu …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The city is introducing 10 new classrooms through a partnership with seven community organizations.
The city of Boston and Boston Public Schools have expanded Boston's kindergarten program through new funding and partnerships with several community organizations. Mayor Thomas Menino and Superintendent Carol R. Johnson announced this week that 10 new kindergarten classes would be formed through funding from Boston Public Schools, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Merrimack Valley and the Barr Foundation. Two of the classrooms will be in the South End. “Providing our children a good and early start is so important to their success through high school and college,” Menino said. “We know this investment will result in high quality education for more of our youngest students, thanks to the work of our trusted community partners at…
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Boston mayor had been in the hospital and now is staying at the Spaulding Rehab Center.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he is still able to do the job he was elected to do, and he hasn't ruled out seeking reelection in 2013. In an interview with the New York Times, Menino spoke while working out at the Spaulding Rehab Center. “My attitude is this. I’ve run for mayor five times now and I’ve won all five times," he said. “How I explain this is, people have to have faith in you. That’s the key to this whole thing. That was Mitt Romney’s problem—people didn’t believe in him.” When asked whether he thought if he could make people believe in him, and support him after a long hospitalization, Menino responded: “Watch me!” Menino has been hospitalized since Oct. 26 after returning early from an anniversary trip with his wife in Italy…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino writes about bicycling safety in the city after yet another cycling accident took the life of a BU student last week.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The following letter was submitted by Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Office: Last week our cycling community, and city, was rocked by the tragic death of Boston University student Christopher Weigl. By coincidence, a hearing on bicycle safety brought the community together at City Hall later that day. Both events have many left asking what’s being done to make our city safe for cyclists, and rightfully so. Personally, I have been inspired by the outpouring of concern, support, validation, and sense of togetherness in our efforts to make Boston a world-class caliber city for bicycling. Over the past five years, our Boston Bikes program has grown tremendously. Bicycle infrastructure is popping up in every neighborhood. A few years ago, when I …