A third way on the school funding/accountability debate

The answer isn’t more state rules but greater local oversight

BEACON HILL LEADERS are searching for ways to provide public schools with a significant infusion of new dollars. Taking a page from Massachusetts’s landmark 1993 Education Reform Act, some have proposed attaching higher levels of accountability to any new funding. Others are not so hot on this idea. After all, they reason, the state skirted

A New Vision for Commuter Rail

The Gateway Cities Journal

The past two weeks have been exciting ones for transportation in the Commonwealth. Our legislative leadership has primed the policy pump for the Commonwealth to make bold changes to our commuter rail system. House Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka stated Tuesday that “all ideas are on the table” for how to fund necessary transportation

State House Forum on Stimulating Transformative Investment in Gateway Cities

Event Recap

On February 27, MassINC hosted “Stimulating Transformative Development in Gateway Cities,” a State House forum co-sponsored by LOCUS of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (MSGA). The event examined state and federal tools that can work in combination to foster transit-oriented development (TOD) in our Gateway Cities, particularly highlighting the importance of HDIP, Opportunity

Juana Matias named next COO of MassINC

We have exciting news. Former State Representative Juana Matias will be our next Chief Operating Officer! Previously a member of the MassINC Board of Directors, Juana Matias has been a leader in the State Legislature representing the 16th Essex district. In her new role as MassINC’s COO Juana will play a leadership role in strategy

Hooray for Housing Choice and HDIP

Gateways Episode 8

In this episode of Gateways, co-hosts Ben Forman and Dr. Tracy Corley dive deep into state and federal housing policies that stimulate housing development in Gateway Cities. In response to Gov. Baker’s Housing Choice legislation announcement, they analyze its potential impacts on the quantity and quality of housing across the state. Tune in to Ben

The healing power of art

Therapists who use creative outlets to help patients process trauma seek licensure

THE YOUNG GIRL had endured bullying and been called ugly. She was told she had a unibrow by one of her male classmates. At her therapist’s office, she was “withdrawn and disengaged.” She refused to finish a self-portrait she had started the previous week, instead picking up another piece of paper and painting two eyes

Housing Choice & HDIP, ASAP

The Gateway Cities Journal

Last Wednesday was a big day on Beacon Hill. Governor Baker gathered leaders from across the state to make a forceful argument for acting promptly on his sensible Housing Choice legislation. The Governor’s bill takes on the housing crunch/road congestion behemoth by making it easier to approve multifamily development, particularly near existing transit stations. Under the legislation,

Examining the role of the MBTA commuter rail in Boston’s future

“Next Stop”

WGBH News’ new program “Next Stop” hosted a panel dialogue which examined the role of the MBTA commuter rail in Boston’s future. WGBH’s Bob Seay sat down Dr. Tracy Corley, Transportation-Oriented Development Fellow at MassINC, alongside Josh Fairchild, President of Transit Matters, and Kim Driscoll, Mayor of Salem to discuss reliability, access, and the broader

Building Community by Breaking Bread

Gateways Episode 7

Coming off the heels of an education research report release event at the State House, Aimee and Tracy talk about local accountability in education as Beacon Hill takes up education funding reform. We continue our conversation around community building with a special trip to Salem. Aimee and Tracy take us to experience Salem Meet & Eat

A First Test for the Local Accountability Concept

The Gateway Cities Journal

Last week, MassINC held an education policy forum at the State House. The event highlighted findings from a series of three new research reports exploring what it would mean to ask communities to play a larger role defining what they want their schools to produce and provide more accountability for delivering these outcomes. This is a

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