Entries by Michael Crupi

Debunking the Top 6 Myths about Charter Schools

The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) puts charter schools at the top of their list of “hot issues” in education. The union is strongly opposed to charters, claiming they achieve their impressive results by “cherry picking” and that they drain much-needed funding from traditional public schools. The BTU promotes many recurring myths about charter schools (often […]

Keeping up with the Joneses in the Senate

Bay Staters take great pride in their history. As the birthplace of the revolution and the resting place of countless founding fathers, Massachusetts understands the importance of preserving the past. So when the Senate says they need $20 million to renovate their State House chamber, no one really bats an eye. After all, the building […]

Three Strikes Against Transparency in Massachusetts – A Rough Start for July!

By: Elena Eimert and Michael Crupi What do the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) have in common? Sadly, they are all under fire for a lack of transparency. Let’s take a look: 1)      The BRA is infamous for cronyism, and getting […]

Live Longer in Massachusetts (But Not in a Good Way)

Massachusetts residents often go on living long after their hearts stop. Legally speaking, that is. A report from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety reveals there is a large backlog of death certificates in the commonwealth, increasing the time it takes to be deemed legally dead by the state. Unfinished death certificates totaled 58 […]

A Tale of Two Transparencies: MCCA vs. Westfield State

When the topic of government transparency appears in a headline, most of the time it’s bad news. So it is with the bill authorizing expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), which contains language allowing the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) to conceal facts surrounding public contracts. To discourage corruption and keep taxpayer […]

The Confusing Complexity of COMMBUYS

In many ways, it is easier than ever to hold Massachusetts politicians accountable for their actions. The web page MassResults provides a centralized location from which citizens can access information on government revenues and expenditures. One feature of the page is a link to a website called “Comm-PASS” which provides information on individual contracts awarded […]