http://publicpolicycenter.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/UMassD-PPCenter-sm1.png 0 0 Colleen Dawicki http://publicpolicycenter.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/UMassD-PPCenter-sm1.png Colleen Dawicki2011-12-23 13:18:562014-11-04 12:08:44From the local headlines:
- SRTA’s new administrator announces expansion of service to include Monday holidays through Memorial Day, and agrees with the Urban Initiative’s findings that evening and Sunday service should be a priority.
- Fall River announces new foreclosure guidelines that will hold banks more accountable for the upkeep of their vacant holdings.
- The New Bedford School Committee will support United Interfaith Action’s goal to develop small autonomous schools by asking for proposals to develop Innovation Schools with a February RFP. Meanwhile, the New Bedford Educators Association and the director of the Global Learning Charter Public School spar over enrollment and funding.
- Fall River’s teachers union won’t have an agreement on a new contract before 2012. Other education news includes the opening of a community room at Fonseca Elementary that’s based off of federal efforts to make better linkages between schools, neighborhoods, and communities (one example is the Dept. of Education’s Full-Service Community Schools program). The space will feature a food pantry as well as weekly reading and game nights. Way to apply evidence-based best practices, Fall River!
- Matt Morrissey will stay on as Executive Director of the New Bedford Economic Development Council under Mayor-Elect Jon Mitchell.
- Speaking of economic development, November’s employment figures include a 11.7% unemployment rate in New Bedford (down from12.2% in October) and an 11.8% rate in Fall River (from 11.7% in Oct.). While encouraging at face value, our UMass Dartmouth colleague Dr. Michael Goodman cautions that this has more to do with people leaving the workforce, not getting hired.