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Bunker Hill Community College. The differential in tuition for state community colleges like Bunker Hill averages $6,390 (for a 15-credit course load) for out-of-state students versus $3,300 for in-state students. Currently, undocumented immigrant students who have lived in the state for most of their lives must pay the same tuition as international students.

Immigrant students merit a tuition break

Massachusetts lags behind some Republican states in granting undocumented high school grads lower rates to attend college.

Mayor Janey spoke at City Hall on June 16 to announce next steps for the Boston School Committee and share a COVID-19 update afternoon.

Who covered up the Boston School Committee texts?

The public had every right to see text messages between school committee members on the night of a controversial exam school vote, but the city withheld them.

A Boston Public Library security guard sits at the entrance to a polling station at the library's main branch on Nov. 3, 2020.

A lemon of a census could be election reform lemonade

A tweak to the way Massachusetts does redistricting can bring new faces to Beacon Hill.

Assistant Medical Director Brian Clark checks vital signs in the Sobering Unit at the Restoration Center in San Antonio, Texas, in 2016.

Where mental illness and criminal justice meet

Massachusetts needs a new approach to treating mentally ill prisoners. A promising model could take hold in Middlesex County.

As Massachusetts turns the corner on this pandemic, it’s time to turn toward a deliberative, democratic process — in all its messiness — for dispersing a much welcome new pool of federal money.

Legislature gets back to doling out federal funds

As state of emergency ends, so must the governor’s firm grip on aid dollars.


Future-proofing the presidency

Donald Trump brought our democracy to the brink and exposed its weak spots. Here’s how to thwart the next American tyrant.

From the moment that Donald Trump took office, he began to profit personally from holding the office of the presidency. Here, President-elect Trump arrives to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington Jan. 20, 2017.

Part 1: A treasure map for an American tyrant

Donald Trump exposed weaknesses that a would-be dictator could exploit to end our democracy. It’s now up to lawmakers, voters, and public officials to prevent that from happening.

Trump International Hotel & Tower, New York, March 2019. Donald Trump abused the presidency to enrich himself and his family. His business dealings also raised questions about whether he was truly representing the nation’s interest or his own. The government of Saudi Arabia paid more than $270,000 to the Trump Hotel after his election, just a few months before he finalized one of the largest arms deals in US history with the kingdom.

Part 2: Who owns the president?

The 45th president was in bed financially with foreign governments, a precedent for America’s enemies to wield influence over the Oval Office. Lawmakers and voters must prevent this from becoming common practice.