Mass. schools absorb 2,000-plus students from Puerto Rico

Acting Education Commissioner Jeff Wulfson told the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that the pace of arrivals has accelerated in the last couple of weeks. Education officials are now looking to see if there will be a “considerable increase after the holidays, as many folks are expecting,” he said.

Activists argue racism, stereotypes fuel immigration debate

Representatives of immigrant advocacy groups called Monday for collective action in the face of negative stereotypes and a political power dynamic they said can stymie their agendas.

Polito: Commonwealth makes inroads against opioid crisis

When Gov. Charles Baker and I ran for office, the opioid epidemic was not an issue we expected to focus on. But we’ve heard heartbreaking stories from people about loved ones struggling with an opioid-related addiction everywhere we’re gone.

On Beacon Hill: Sins of the husband [+video]

All other dealings on Beacon Hill last week got blocked out like an eclipse by the bombshell report in The Boston Globe that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s husband of one year, Bryon Hefner, had allegedly sexually assaulted at least four men. Plus, McGovern, Markey, marijuana money and tainted convictions.

On Beacon Hill: Birds of a feather?

With the governor’s expected re-election bid up ahead and the persistent partisan roadblocks of the Trump era lurking, things are about to get interesting. Plus, Warren, Healey and the State Police scandal.

On Beacon Hill: Around the turn they come

The Legislature came down the homestretch last week with blinders on, looking to finish what it could before the holiday recess, while Gov. Charlie Baker had his eye on next year – which happens to be his re-election year – as he filed new legislation and took executive action to ramp up the fight against opioid addiction. Plus, McGovern, Baker, Moore, Warren and the State Police scandal.

On Beacon Hill: Eleventh month, eleventh hour

Whatever the ultimate reason (human nature, justification for a full-time Legislature, and a lack of absolute deadlines are suspected), the House and Senate again headed into the final few days of formals for the year having put off for November what they could have accomplished in February, May or September. Plus, Warren, Franken, McGovern, Galvin and altered police reports.

On Beacon Hill: Bumping heads

House and Senate Ways and Means Chairs Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and Sen. Karen Spilka managed to put aside their differences after weeks of stalemate and come to an agreement over legislation allocating the $129 million needed to shut the book on fiscal 2017. Plus, McGovern, Warren, Sanders, Moore and Murray’s legacy.

On Beacon Hill: The Justice League

The idea of criminal justice reform has been held out for years by Beacon Hill legislators as a worthy and necessary goal. But putting the pieces together has been a difficult puzzle to assemble — until the Senate pressed a key piece into place Friday. Alas, House Speaker Robert DeLeo had a different justice matter on his plate. Plus McGovern, Warren, Healey, Baker and economic growth.

On Beacon Hill: The ‘Ready for Prime-time Players’

The Red Sox may be done for the season, but there were plenty of pitches being thrown around Boston as the Amazon wooing efforts officially got underway. But instead of sending an ace to the mound, the state has taken a closer-by-committee approach. Plus, McGovern, Warren, Chandler and more HQ2.