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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is now comfortably into his third year in his office.
Last week, he laid out his agenda in his annual State of the City address. It's an ambitious one. Bridging the divide between charter school advocates and their opponents, securing universal access to early education in Boston, building and preserving more affordable housing units, and improving community-police relations all made the list.
Today, we have Mayor Walsh in the studio to talk about his plans for the year ahead, and to take calls from our listeners.
- "Walsh dedicated much of his speech to challenges facing the city’s public schools. He called for “fair and sustainable” funding for both district and charter schools, and called for unity in the debate over expanding charter school access in the city."
- "Kylie Webster-Cazeau and Meggie Noel, two black students at the competitive exam school, posted a YouTube video saying school officials ignored their complaints about systemic racism at the school, including tweets from other students containing racial slurs."
- "In 2014, households earning near the top of Boston’s income distribution made nearly 18 times the earnings of households closer to the bottom."
- "Many long-term tenants in Boston’s neighborhoods are being issued 'no fault evictions,' forcing them out because of skyrocketing rents and home values."
- "The Boston Police Department has launched a mediation program aimed at reducing a backlog of routine complaints against officers — an idea first suggested a decade ago. Even though the number of complaints dropped in 2014, the time it takes to resolve the cases has frustrated both citizens and the officers who live in the shadow of possible action pending against them. Police officials hope that the program, which will be managed by the Harvard Mediation Program at Harvard Law School, will help clear less serious complaints quickly. That will free up time for the department to focus on investigating high-priority complaints, such as those involving misconduct or excessive force."
- "General Electric relocating its headquarters to Boston has been called a victory for Boston and Massachusetts, but not everyone feels that way. Just ask the large group of protesters outside of Symphony Hall Tuesday night, where Mayor Marty Walsh was giving his annual State of the City address. To them, the city offering GE a $25 million tax break while the city's public schools face a reported $50 million budget deficit shows that Walsh doesn't have his priorities straight."
This segment aired on January 26, 2016.