Russell E. Holmes in the News
Governor Patrick may grant his first pardons
Governor Deval Patrick, who was battered early in his political career by accusations that he would be soft on crime, said Thursday that as he enters his final months in office he is prepared to grant the first pardons of his tenure.
By 2013, the number of petitions filed with the board fell to 48. People simply stopped expecting that Patrick would grant a pardon, said Representative Russell Holmes, a Mattapan Democrat.
Holyoke Community Charter School hosts ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate new construction
Haley Saltares, an eighth-grade student at HCCS, spoke during the ceremony about her desire to stay in the charter school system. She also called on elected officials in attendance to support further expansion efforts.
Currently, a low-performing district cannot spend more than 18 percent of its school budget on charter schools. Proposed bills, H. 425, sponsored by Rep. Russell Holmes, a Boston Democrat, and S. 235, sponsored by Sen. Barry Finegold, an Andover Democrat, would remove the existing cap on charter schools in school districts performing in the lowest 10 percent.