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Election roundup: Gambling on the casino as an issue; more fiber, more locks in school

Bill Walczak has bought ad time on NECN tonight for this commercial. Why NECN tonight? It'll be broadcasting the not-Joyce-Kulhawik debate at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, Dan Conley, who hasn't really said if he's for or against a Suffolk Downs casino, might go after other candidates on the issue of a citywide referendum on the question - he's in favor of one, rather than the East Boston-only vote that Mayor Menino is backing.

Mike Ross thinks we need more fiber in our diet:

Boston's economic growth relies on its reputation as a hub of ideas and technological innovation, but our knowledge economy is only as strong as the backbone supporting it. Boston's high-tech businesses, for whom the speed and power of fiber-optic networks are essential, pay exorbitant prices to private providers for specialty packages that are prohibitive for smaller businesses and individuals. Affordable fiber service and infrastructure would not only help our existing tech companies keep their overhead costs low, it would give Boston competitive advantage in attracting new entrepreneurs in high tech fields, and encourage them to settle here for the long term.

It's part of his job creation plan.

Rob Consalvo says we need to make public schools safer, in part by requiring keycards for entrance to every school (currently, only 53 require them), install more security cameras in schools and install new classroom doors that would let teachers lock the doors should a maniac get loose inside the building. He'd also increase access to mental-health counseling for both teachers and students.

Oh, in case you've forgotten what Consalvo's campaign slogan is, here's a handy reminder:

John Connolly stands firmly in favor of the arts. More specifically, he says he'd work to support "live-work space for artists" (anybody remember when that's basically what Fort Point was?) and "streamlining permitting to make it easier for events and pop-up galleries."

Charlotte Golar Richie announced a Saturday press conference at which "20 of Boston’s leading clergy members" were to endorse her, then sent out an alert not long before that the event would be rescheduled. So far, no new date and time has been announced.

BNN has posted interviews with all 12 candidates (yes, even David Wyatt).

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all the "front runners" have almost identical platforms on expanding the fiber-optic network in the city.

Consalvo appears to know some teachers (probably heard from someone about the ridiculous "lock-down" drills where students have to actually leave the school and go to another school a few blocks over because none of the classroom doors lock) - although most teachers would tell you that they mostly just want doors that can lock and drinkable water in the older buildings.

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"most teachers would tell you that they mostly just want doors that can lock and drinkable water in the older buildings." I sure that what all those union negotiation are about. Schools in Boston are viewed as an Employment Agency not an Institution for Learning.

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Schools in Boston are viewed as an Employment Agency not an Institution for Learning.

You do realize that BPS has several teachers with advanced degrees from schools like MIT, Harvard, etc... several have published articles in education journals, are involved in setting national education standards. There are people with PhDs working in BPS. This isn't some trade union or a collection of babysitters with associates degrees - these are experienced licensed professionals with masters degrees who care a lot about the work they do - and are attempting to do their best in schools with poor leadership, lack of parental involvement, draconian testing standards, and/or students who have been handed a difficult life and possibly severe emotional issues. while the union does need some reform, it does assure that BPS is able to retain talented teachers who would otherwise bolt for wealthier districts.

It's a tough job. This anti-teacher idiocy has got to stop.

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http://www.golocalworcester.com/news/chart-massach...

English High Ranked No. 334
39% proficient in English

Which is better than

31% proficient in math

BANG UP JOB, only two school in Boston ranked in under 100...

No. 55 BLA
No. 16 Latin

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You like Rob. However most of Boston does not seen to agree with you.

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