BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, returning to the spotlight after health problems last fall, said in his annual state-of-the-city address that he’s never been more optimistic about Boston’s future, and outlined several new initiatives including education.

Menino, hospitalized for eight weeks last fall, used a cane to walk to the podium where he spoke vigorously Tuesday night about his plans for Boston. It wasn’t expected he’d announce whether he’ll seek a sixth term later this year, and he didn’t.

He said in prepared remarks “our future is bright” and spoke of progress in economic development and reducing crime.

Menino announced $30 million in new funding for underperforming schools, and described a new pilot program with Harvard and MIT through edX to bring online learning to community centers. He announced plans to promote working equality for women.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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