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Mayor Martin Walsh greets students at the Boston Public Schools for the 26th Annual Stay in School event at the Reggie Lewis Center earlier this year.

Mayor Martin Walsh greets students at the Boston Public Schools for the 26th Annual Stay in School event at the Reggie Lewis Center earlier this year.

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Education is focal point in Boston mayoral race

Jackson, Walsh take different tacks on budgeting, closures

Education is emerging as a flash point in the 2017 mayoral race, with challenger Tito Jackson building on tensions over school funding, school closures and what some see as a lack of support for Boston’s district schools in his bid to unseat Mayor Martin Walsh. The Banner interviewed Walsh and Jackson over their views on education.