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City Council once again delays vote on new high school as chief backer tries to round up unanimous approval

For the second straight meeting, the City Council agreed to delay a vote on Councilor Charles Yancey's proposal for a $120 million high school in Mattapan.

The council approved borrowing for the high school last month, but the measure needs two positive votes before it can go to the mayor for his consideration.

As various ministers, members of the public and former City Councilor Chuck Turner looked on, Yancey (Dorchester) requested the delay because Councilor Steve Murphy (at large) - who supports the proposed high school - was absent.

"I am still trying to get a unanimous vote on this matter," Yancey said.

However, the vote on delaying the vote another two weeks suggest he's not going to get that unanimous vote even with Murphy present. Councilors Baker, Ciommo, LaMattina and Linehan voted against a delay. They were outvoted by the other eight councilors present. Baker, Ciommo and Linehan had earlier voted specifically against borrowing money for the project - in a vote from which LaMattina was absent.

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And can we get him or her to Boston?

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That would be the nuns that taught me in grammar school and please, no. I still have dents in my knees from kneeling on a log for talking in class.

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Is part of the problem. Or rather, there are too many consultants out there who fancy themselves the Gordon Ramsay of education. They get big checks, iron-clad contracts, and golden parachutes to escape as soon as their promised silver bullet fails to deliver miracle results at which point they move on to the next sucker, er, school district.

They need someone with a solid track record in urban school reform and who can take both the short and long view.

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The council proves time and time again how out of touch with reality it is. "Let's sue the mayor and the rest of local government, I'm sure that will make people agree with us."

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that comment went to the wrong article about the city council. Taking a lap.

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Wouldn't 120 million go much further renovating our existing dilapidated schools AND FIXING OUR EXISTING CAMPUS HIGH SCHOOL?

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A lot of the buildings are really old. By the time you not only gut the place, replace electrical and plumbing, add the 'new' features a school today needs, you're approaching the cost of building new. Plus, for better or worse, the State kicks in money for new schools that it doesn't for renovations, which is why every suburb is building like there's no tomorrow...

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require each and every family in Mattapan report how many children they have, their sex, race and age to ensure that the new high school meets the city's diversity expectations.

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You do realize that all BPS high school are citywide, right?

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about that failure for the last 40 years.

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