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An education funding formula, hailed as a breakthrough, faces its critics

For years, Rhode Island was one of just two states in the union without a funding formula for its public schools. And then, for a time, it was the only state with that dubious dis-tinction.
Fuzzy math
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 25, 2010

Hire us now, Ms. Gist!

Wow! Bow-wow! How do we get a job to write a speech for state education commissioner Deborah Gist for a cool $10,000?
Will tap dance for free!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 28, 2010

Shaking up the school system

Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
The Reformer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 23, 2010

Hello, we’re Johnny Cash

The Nave Gallery in Somerville kicks off its month-long salute to the Man in Black next week.
Stacked all-star tribute/benefit at the RISD Auditorium
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 02, 2010

Earnestly funny

Considering that Alan Ayckbourn may be the most staged living English playwright besides Shakespeare, as some accounts declare, why isn't he produced more often in American theaters?
2nd Story fulfills its Comic Potential
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2010

Green school. Red light?

Little girls and boys frolic on swing sets whittled from recycled beech wood.
At-large City Councilor John Connolly sets his sights on creating multi-million-dollar environmental academy.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 08, 2010


Missing in action

Good-government advocates often breathe a sigh of relief when the legislature quits Beacon Hill.
The legislature vacations while crisis looms
By EDITORIAL  |  December 11, 2009

The battle for our city schools

In your recent story “ Boston Public-School Apartheid? ”, charter public schools are faulted for taking disadvantaged Boston students and sending them on to excellent high schools and, eventually, college. Why shouldn’t low-income students of color have
Boston Phoenix letters, October 23, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 23, 2009

Prep Yourself!

So the economy sucks, you’re in a miserable rut at work, and you’re not getting any younger. What are you going to do about it?
You’ve decided to go back to school. Now what?
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 16, 2009

Calling us to account

To use the word “accountable” in conjunction with Mayor Thomas M. Menino is laughable in the extreme, because if there’s one thing that this guy is not, it’s accountable.
Letters to the Boston editor, October 16, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 16, 2009

Boston public-school apartheid?

At the Edward W. Brooke School in Roslindale — a kindergarten-to-eighth-grade public charter school — the push to advance graduates to elite secondary programs begins in fifth grade.
Think busing was a problem in this town? Some are labeling charter schools as Boston's newest educational battleground
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 09, 2009


Hot controversy over sexuality center in Pawtucket

Too hot for Pawtucket?
Pleasure Dept.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  October 02, 2009

Can Beacon Hill do better?

With DiMasi gone, the idea of casino gambling is again alive.
Gambling and education take center stage
By EDITORIAL  |  September 25, 2009

Fixing Boston Schools

The race to elect a new mayor of Boston has been in progress for several weeks, and at last there are indications that the candidates are capable of intelligent thought — at least about improving the city's public schools.
Three new ways of thinking
By EDITORIAL  |  June 10, 2009

George W. Bush

Did you think we were done ripping the Neanderthal who set the country back five decades in just eight years? Well, we kind of are, but we also want to be the first to mock Texans who will soon begin discussing plans to build a library commemorating Amer
Did you think we were done ripping the Neanderthal who set the country back five decades in just eight years? Well, we kind of are, but we also want to be the first to mock Texans who will soon begin discussing plans to build a library commemorating America's first illiterate president.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Making a musical connection

In 1998, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma envisioned connecting artists and audiences around the world by focusing on the cultures along the historic 4000-mile Silk Road trade route.
Commingling cultures
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009


Can the Providence schools get it together?

As Rhode Island continues to struggle with budget deficits and economic development, the future of education is a piece of a large puzzle.
The answer will have a serious impact on the state’s economic future
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 11, 2008

Primary Endorsements 2008

On June 10, Mainers in both the Democratic and Republican parties will get to vote on people to represent them in Washington DC.
Who we'd like to see in the first round

Drawing a bead on misery

It’s not uncommon for documentary photographer Karen Sparacio to get phone calls from Uganda at 3 am.
Mission to Uganda
By SHARON STEEL  |  April 23, 2008

The revenge of grammar

As an SAT tutor, I am constantly trying to explain why answer choice (A) is plainly, if subtly, superior to answer choice (C).
An SAT tutor embraces the expanded achievement test
By EMMA POLLIN  |  May 09, 2007

Pardon us

This year’s Massachusetts governor’s race was fraught with significance.
How the Mass media failed voters in 2006  
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 02, 2006


Apartheid, Bush style

More pitiable than being a Democrat in President George W. Bush’s America is to be an African-American Democrat.
The Republican rape of New Orleans. Plus, Rumsfeld and Romney
By EDITORIAL  |  April 19, 2006