BTU News Updates
Many of Boston's Higher Ed Institutions Pay Little or Nothing as Part of Voluntary Tax Contribution Policy
186 years ago, before the invention of the Morse Code in 1838, the sewing machine in 1845 and the safety pin in 1849, Massachusetts passed a law that gave nonprofits an exemption from having to pay property taxes.That might have made some sense then before we had 250,000 college students in Boston using our police, fire, parks department and snow removal service. But now, well, we have a few other things going on:
At tne end of October the BTU filed its appeal of the state's placement of the Dever and the Holland into Level 5 status. The filing was made in Superior Court. Both the Dever and the Holland were taken over by the state last year and placed into receivership. The Holland is now being run by its receiver, Unlocking Potential. The Dever is being run by Blueprint. One of the lofty goals of the receivership, according to the state, is the need to accelerate rapid student achievement.
In mid-October a brouhaha broke out as the Boston Globe reported that according to the state Department of Education there might not be any new charter schools this year.
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 3:00pm
Join us this Friday, October 31 as we celebrate Halloween and the 2nd Social of the year! Appetizers will be generously provided by the UMass Boston COSMIC (Center for Math and Science in Context) office.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:00am
The 2014 Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Massachusetts Fall Conference will take place on Saturday, November 1 from 9 am-5 pm.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 5:30pm
The Inclusion Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 5 from 5:30-7:30 PM. The location is still TBD. Members of the Inclusion committee are meeting to discuss what is working well and what is not working so well with the roll out of inclusion...