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In OtherWords: March 7, 2018

More cops in schools make kids less safe, not more.


Would armed guards in schools prevent mass shootings? This week in OtherWords, my colleague Karen Dolan surveys the evidence and concludes: unfortunately, no.

In fact, she points out, there are thousands upon thousands of armed guards employed by public schools already. And not only do shootings still occur, there’s a nasty side effect: kids, especially those from vulnerable communities, getting sucked into the criminal justice system for petty misbehavior at school. That can greatly hurt their opportunities later in life.

Gun control is needed, she concludes. But the best way to keep kids safe is to invest in educational methods that treat them like whole human beings.

Speaking of, Jill Richardson reports this week on another bad, bad policy politicians justify in the name of “safety”: traumatizing small children in the name of immigration enforcement.

Also this week, Bob Lord points out that some CEOs spend more on politicians than on worker bonuses. Jim Hightower notes that other CEOs are spending their corporate tax cut on themselves. And Khalil Bendib takes a measure of Jared and Ivanka Trump’s dubious tenure in the White House.


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  1. Getting Real About School Safety / Karen Dolan
    Armed adults don’t make kids safer. They put them at greater risk.
  2. Just How Unequal Are America’s Major Corporations? / Bob Lord
    Pay scales at major U.S. businesses are way out of whack — and that’s just at the ones we know about.
  3. The Stunning New Cruelty of Immigration Enforcement / Jill Richardson
    Whatever your views on immigration, we should all agree not to torment small children.
  4. Corporations Are Spending Their Tax Cut — on Themselves / Jim Hightower
    Instead of creating jobs, big businesses are using their tax cut bonanza to hike stock value and CEO pay.
  5. Below Par, Above the Law / Khalil Bendib
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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and the editor of