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Charter Schools Making Gains Nationwide

Cost to send child to public school in Cambridge highest in state; Cambridge home to 3 charter schools

In the city of Cambridge, the average cost to send a child to a public school is $27,474. That’s the highest in the entire state. As a result, Cambridge Public Schools have a good reputation in Massachusetts. However, Cambridge charter schools may gain many more applications next year as a result of a study recently released by Stanford University.

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Plagiarism and Corruption Events on April 20 and May 1-2, 2015

Winter is over. New Spring Conferences and Webinars are Scheduled to Discuss Corruption

       The snow is gone. Winter has been defeated.  Spring is here and we can move on to new challenges.

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Divestment at Lesley U: Fossil Free Lesley

The other Cambridge, MA school that could be divesting

This past Sunday, Lesley students for a Fossil Free Lesley picketed a dinner with the Lesley University Trustees and a visiting accreditation team.  At the same time Harvard students' Heat Week is big news in Cambridge. Bill McKibben and other luminaries will be there. At Lesley University, my alma mater, and where I am currently an adjunct, we are accustomed to being in the shadow of the big HU in the Square. And here is where I would like to introduce some friendly competition.

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Can We Build a New Bicycle & Pedestrian Path through Cambridge?

The Grand Junction Trail Is On Track

I recently attended a hearing held by the City Council's Transportation and Public Utilities Committee on the future of the Grand Junction rail right of way through Cambridge. The theme was to further explore the idea of creating a bicycle and pedestrian path through eastern Cambridge. The tracks run from behind the Twin Cities shopping center in East Cambridge, through Kendall Square, MIT, and Cambridgeport to the Cottage Farm (B.U.) bridge over the Charles River.

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Fighting For Equal Justice

Bryan Stevenson addresses students at the Kennedy School

Earlier in the day, Bryan Stevenson learned that a man he and the Equal Justice Institute represent, Ray Hinton, was exonerated after spending 30 years on death row. Mr. Stevenson’s eyes became glassy as he spoke of Mr. Hinton: 30 years of being in proximity to men who went to their death in the electric chair and smelling their burning flesh; the difficulty Mr. Hinton knows he’ll have assimilating back into a world that is 30 years beyond him.

Homeless Woman shares her story

I went out on the streets of Cambridge to hear people's stories, this is one of them.

In Central Square I approached a couple, (pictured above) and asked them their story. The woman told me their names were Jacquelyn Avery and Francis Lambert, and that he was her fiancée. Jacquelyn was ecstatic that I was taking interest in the homeless.

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Poetic voices educate & liberate!

Artists speak out against violence in Cambridge

Cambridge, MA - Friday March 27th 6:30 p.m., I attended Poetry Matters: Voices Against Violence at the Out Of The Blue Too Gallery. It was a an event featuring poet laureates both locally and from across the state. The featured poets included Brenda Walcott, Askia Touré, Tony Van Der Meer, Everett Hoagland, Soul Brown, Neil Calendar, Tontongi, Jill Netchinsky and Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges along with visual artistry courtesy of Aldo Tambellini presented by Anna Salamone.

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Humanism is the New Black

Piper Kerman is honored with Humanist Heroine of the year award at Harvard.

Tuesday night at the Science Center on the Harvard Campus, (One Oxford Street) Piper Kerman gave an introspective talk revolving around the United States prison system.
Kerman is best known for her novel Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, a memoir turned Netflix Original Series.

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BELIEVE IT OR NOT

BELIEVE IT OR NOT

Strange things are happening in the City of Cambridge April 1, 2015

Here is a roundup of what could pass for news in Cambridge, if proper journalistic standards were applied :

1. At the City Council meeting last Monday, a public comment session was held, and nobody had anything to say. In a Council order passed unanimously, the Council voted to send a letter to Bob LaTremouille requesting that he make frequent appearances to fill the vacuum.

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Chi Eta Zeta hosts Blu'Tique to Help Struggling Folks in Cambridge

Local sorority hosts a clothing drive for low-income and homeless men, women, and children.

On March 21, Chi Eta Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority hosted a clothing giveaway event at the YWCA Cambridge. "Blu-Tique," as the event was called, included clothing for all ages and genders, goodie bags, and lots of friendly faces. The Cambridge community, encouraged by City Councilor Denise Simmons and many others, donated lots of good quality clothing, shoes, and accessories for the event.