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

Fuzzy math
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.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 24, 2010



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Shaking up the school system

The Reformer
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.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 21, 2010
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Hello, we’re Johnny Cash

Stacked all-star tribute/benefit at the RISD Auditorium
The Nave Gallery in Somerville kicks off its month-long salute to the Man in Black next week.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 31, 2010
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Earnestly funny

2nd Story fulfills its Comic Potential
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?
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 03, 2010
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Green school. Red light?

At-large City Councilor John Connolly sets his sights on creating multi-million-dollar environmental academy.
Little girls and boys frolic on swing sets whittled from recycled beech wood.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2010
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Missing in action

The legislature vacations while crisis looms
Good-government advocates often breathe a sigh of relief when the legislature quits Beacon Hill.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 09, 2009

The battle for our city schools

Boston Phoenix letters, October 23, 2009
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 access to such life-changing opportunities?
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 21, 2009
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Prep Yourself!

You’ve decided to go back to school. Now what?
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?
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 14, 2009

Calling us to account

Letters to the Boston editor, October 16, 2009
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.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 14, 2009
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Boston public-school apartheid?

Think busing was a problem in this town? Some are labeling charter schools as Boston's newest educational battleground
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.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 15, 2009
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Hot controversy over sexuality center in Pawtucket

Pleasure Dept.
Too hot for Pawtucket?
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  September 30, 2009
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Can Beacon Hill do better?

Gambling and education take center stage
With DiMasi gone, the idea of casino gambling is again alive.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 23, 2009
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Fixing Boston Schools

Three new ways of thinking
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.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 10, 2009

91. George W. Bush

BRAIN-DEAD PREZ
What, did you think we were done ripping the Neanderthal who set the country back five decades in just eight years, just because he’s out of office? Well, we want to be the first to mock all of those involved in building a library commemorating America’s first illiterate president. We’d also like to recommend the first book for inclusion in the project: The Pet Goat .
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

Making a musical connection

Commingling cultures
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.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009
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Can the Providence schools get it together?

The answer will have a serious impact on the state’s economic future
As Rhode Island continues to struggle with budget deficits and economic development, the future of education is a piece of a large puzzle.
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 12, 2008
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Primary Endorsements 2008

Who we'd like to see in the first round
On June 10, Mainers in both the Democratic and Republican parties will get to vote on people to represent them in Washington DC.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 04, 2008
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Drawing a bead on misery

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

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

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

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

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