By Mary Markos | [email protected] | Boston HeraldMay 30, 2019 at 7:37 pm A growing number of schools across the state and the nation are installing pricey vape detectors in bathrooms as communities scramble to curb youth vaping. “I’ve taken every phone call and I’ve talked to a lot of people because every school in this country is struggling with this epidemic,” Georgetown Middle-High School Principal Dan Richards told the Herald. “It happened so fast that it literally just rolled us all over as administrators, and we’re trying to catch up.” Richards regularly fields calls from schools interested in the vape detectors since Georgetown became somewhat of a poster child by being first to install the devices in Massachusetts in fall 2018. Richards said he plans to get eight more. Two amendments passed in the Senate budget debate last week provide $50,000 each to Haverhill and Franklin public schools to purchase the sensors, which can … [Read more...] about MA schools installing detectors to address growing vape problem
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The problem of housing affordability, long a concern in popular big cities, has moved to rural America. Nearly one-fourth of the nation’s most rural counties have seen a sizable increase this decade in the number of households spending at least half their income on housing, a category the federal government calls “severely cost-burdened.”Those counties, none with towns of more than 10,000 residents, have experienced housing cost increases significant enough to force families to scrimp on other necessities. Even in places like dusty San Angelo, Texas, housing prices are edging up. Associated Press/Tony Gutierrez Associated Press/Tony Gutierrez Meanwhile, only two big-city counties — Bronx, N.Y., and Norfolk, Va. — fell into the same category. Both had two-point increases, according to a Stateline analysis of American Community Survey estimates from the U.S. Census. Stateline compared the early years of the Great Recession, 2006-2010, with the most recent … [Read more...] about Spiraling housing prices spread to rural America
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jon Chesto Globe Staff March 26, 2019 What happens to a society that loses its children?Cape Cod may learn the answer the hard way. Economist Michael Goodman posed that provocative question in a New York Times article about three years ago, a reference to the hollowing out of the Cape’s school-age population.The situation, it’s fair to say, has not improved since. Advertisement A story in the Cape Cod Times over the weekend prompted Goodman to ask the question anew. That article focused on efforts to help young families on the Outer Cape, such as free preschool or after-school programs. But the numbers in an accompanying chart told a disturbing story of their own, one quite familiar to Cape businesses and residents — a story of demographic shifts that threaten the Cape’s economy. Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top … [Read more...] about Loss of school-age kids threatens Cape Cod’s economy
A formula created in 2004 to ensure the state was giving poor cities and towns enough help building new schools includes a quirk that some say is now hurting the same communities it was meant to help.“It perpetuates inequity,” said state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, who introduced a bill to change the formula.The Massachusetts School Building Authority provides state funding for school building projects that is matched with money from cities and towns.The state covers between 40 percent and 80 percent of eligible construction costs. The size of the state match is calculated based on a formula that reflects how poor the community is — so poorer communities get more money.The state funding does not cover the full percentage of construction costs because certain expenses are ineligible for reimbursement, like legal fees or asbestos removal. There is also a cap on the total amount the state is willing to pay per square foot, which is virtually always lower than the … [Read more...] about Does the state’s school building reimbursement formula hurt poor cities and towns?
By NATHANIEL RICH AUG. 1, 2018 We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts. Losing Earth Prologue Part One Part Two Epilogue Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet. The science of climate change was settled. Almost nothing stood in our way — except ourselves. We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts. By Nathaniel Rich AUG. 1, 2018 Editor’s Note This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by George Steinmetz. With support from the Pulitzer Center, this two-part article is … [Read more...] about Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change