Yesterday afternoon, I had the great honor of being unanimously re-elected President of the Boston City Council. I'm thrilled that my colleagues have given me another year to develop innovative ways we can make Boston a world-class city.
In my remarks, I laid out three things we can do to make Boston the greatest city in America. We must continue to look at other educational models in other cities to find new best practices for the Boston Public Schools. In the coming months, my colleagues and I will be visiting innovative schools, from Harlem’s Children’s Zone to those that have succeeded in Massachusetts.
Last month, the Council held a hearing on the possibility of term limits, both on the Mayor and City Council members. Bostonians emailed their councilors and came out to the hearing in droves, and as the process continued, it became clear we needed to have a much larger discussion on how our local government works. Councilor John Tobin will lead a Special Committee on Charter Reform, to examine ways our charter can evolve.
We will convene a panel of our area's best thinkers—from science to arts and every field in between—to advise us on what we must to compete with cities from New York to Bangalore. This committee will be led by Harvard University's Ed Glaeser, who wrote an open letter to the Council with his initial recommendations.
But we need to hear from people outside the academic world as well. I know that Blue Mass Group readers follow politics and policy very closely. Please leave your thoughts or ideas on how we can make Boston a great place to live in the comments, or feel free to call me or email me anytime. I look forward to hearing from you!