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Chang-Díaz Makes It Official: She’s Going For Governor

By Katie Lannan State House News Service Jamaica Plain Democrat Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz plans to officially jump into next year’s gubernatorial contest on Wednesday, launching her campaign with a knock on “Beacon Hill insiders” she describes as lacking urgency. The first Latina elected to the state Senate and currently the …

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Riley Pledges Enforcement of New Vocational School Admissions Rules

By Katie Lannan State House News Service Regulations adopted Tuesday and set to affect applicants for the 2022-2023 school year will require vocational-technical schools to develop their own admissions policies “that promote equitable access”, removing the requirement that grades, attendance, discipline records and counselor recommendations be used as admissions criteria. …

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Racial Equity Panel Uses First Hearing to Build To-Do List

By Chris Lisinski State House News Service A diverse stream of lawmakers, activists and community leaders produced a lengthy list of racial equity proposals on Monday, kicking off one of the Legislature’s most daunting undertakings to date: confronting centuries of structural racism ingrained in nearly every facet of public life. …

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Galvin Views Redistricting Bill As Way to Protect Incumbents

Chris Lisinski State House News Service An intra-party fight between legislative Democrats and the state’s chief elections officer continued to deepen Friday, with Secretary of State William Galvin accusing lawmakers of trying to change how the state draws political maps to shield themselves from challenges and consolidate power. A day …

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