Entries in MassPoliticsProfs by sjenkins
With the start of a new academic year in September, academics often make resolutions, which are really all about how we can make things better. With that in mind, here are a few ideas of how we can make our Massachusetts political system better.
If reports in the Globe and other media outlets are correct, the House of Representatives will release its version of the marijuana legalization bill tomorrow. And just a day later, the full House is expected to vote on this bill. The public deserves a chance to see what the House is doing here and to comment on these proposed changes.
In April’s Boston Magazine, David Bernstein calls for the abolishment of the House, arguing that such a move would “improve efficiency, transparency, and responsiveness to the public.” While I don’t necessarily disagree with Bernstein’s identification of the problem, I certainly don’t agree with his cure.
Headlines around the Commonwealth touted the finding that charter schools don’t affect district funding from a new Mass Taxpayers Foundation report. After actually reading the report, I’d like to suggest a few alternative headlines.
Winter break? February break? Summer break? When should schools take breaks and for how long? These sorts of questions are at the heart of Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang’s proposed changes to the Boston school calendar.
Looking for some information about the General Court? Need to contact the clerk of the House for information about the business of the chamber? You’ll have to use the phone as there’s no email information provided—and who uses the phone these days?