The need to practice social distancing to stave off the COVID-19 virus has naturally provided many obstacles for our school systems. School committees and administrators have done their best to provide each student access to education that is critically important during their formative years. New Bedford, being among the largest student populations in the Commonwealth, has worked diligently to provide that education while ensuring the safety of the students and faculty.

Recently, I was joined by New Bedford School Committee member Josh Amaral. We spoke about the school committee's decision to go fully remote during the holiday season and the other impacts COVID restrictions have had on education in the city.

We also spoke about the much-controverted School Resource Officer Program and the timeline in which a decision will be made to continue or end the program now that the school committee has the ability to do so.

Amaral audaciously ran for city-wide office at the budding age of 19 (and won), and two-terms later, New Bedford public education has been all the better because of it.

You can listen to our full conversation here:

Marcus Ferro is the host of The Marcus Ferro Show airing Saturdays on 1420 WBSM from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact him at The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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