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  • For Safer City Schools, More Counselors, Fewer Cops

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    (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office)


    Our city is facing a tough question: how do we make schools safer?

    New York City schools are on the precipice of returning to ineffective policies and practices like more policing and metal detectors that have harmed the students who are most in need. The city could and should instead take this opportunity to move further towards school culture and climate priorities that are designed to meet the social, emotional, and mental health needs of young people.

    On Tuesday, New York City Council

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  • Positive School Culture, Not Metal Detectors, Keeps Kids Safe

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    (photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayor's Office)


    Two boys’ lives are obliterated after Abel Cedeno, age 18, used a switchblade to stab Matthew McCree, 15, and another boy who had reportedly been bullying Cedeno during their history class, as classmates looked on. McCree was pronounced dead shortly after. Cedeno was arrested on charges of murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. After a brief court appearance Cedeno was held without bail and his lawyer

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