January 28, 2023
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Would police and metal detectors make Boston’s public schools safer?

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On the heels of an ugly attack outside a Boston public school, four members of Boston’s City Council are calling on Mayor Michelle Wu and Superintendent Mary Skipper to put police back in the city’s schools to make the system safer for students — a year and a half after Boston officials took officers out.

But critics of the proposal warn of unintended consequences, including pushing public school students, most of whom are kids of color, into a needless and ultimately destructive engagement with the legal system. Host Adam Reilly is joined by Erin Murphy, an at-large councilor who supports enhanced safety measures, and Leon Smith, the head of Citizens for Juvenile Justice.

First, though, Reilly talks with GBH News’ Katie Lannan and MassLive’s Alison Kuznitz about a flurry of developments on Beacon Hill as the legislative session kicks off, including two contested and controversial State House elections and the first official sit-down between Gov. Maura Healey, House Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka.

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