Attitudes have changed in the 26 years since Boston moved to appointed body
In the 1990s, the elected Boston School Committee suffered a one-two punch. First, then-Mayor Raymond Flynn and the City Council passed a home rule petition to transition to an appointed school committee. Then, in 1996, 70% of voters backed the change, putting in place the structure that has persisted for the last 24 years.
But were the city’s voters to face the same question they voted on in 1996, would they make the same choice today?
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