“Spending on incarceration v. education tells the tale of our broken political system’s misguided priorities” by David Sheridan, appeared in Education Votes.
In his article, Sheridan reports, “State and local spending on prisons and jails has grown three times as much as spending on K-12 public schools over the past three decades.
This is the stunning conclusion of a new report from the U.S. Department of Education.
Commenting on the report, Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama was unusually blunt: “These misguided priorities make us less safe, cost us an exorbitant amount of money and betray our core values. Where there are fewer resources for schools, job training and economic development, cycles of poverty and incarceration continue unabated.”
The Department of Ed report notes: “Investing more in education, particularly targeted at-risk communities, could achieve crime reduction without the heavy social costs that higher incarceration rates impose on individuals, families and communities.”
The picture of state and local spending on incarceration v. higher education also tells the tale of misguided priorities. Over the past two decades, state and local spending on colleges and universities has been nearly flat while spending on prisons and jails increased 89 percent.”
Federal, State, and local spending on incarceration tells the tale of the profits “hedgehogs” make from the educational failure of our children.
This is not news since the increase in prison spending has been occurring for the past thirty years while the inmate population has decreased more than 17% in that time.
We have always known the cost of incarceration is higher than the cost of education and yet we, the people, refuse to fight for the right of every child in America to a free and public education that is developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential and concentrated on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens who understand; the only way to secure the blessings of liberty for every American is by protecting the rights of every American.
It is the only way to make truth and justice the American way.
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