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Schools vs Prisons

We've got our priorities wrong



    California spends more  money on prisons than on higher education.  The governor is right – we’ve got it backwards and it's time to reverse course.

    Only sixty-eight percent of our high school students are graduating.  Yet we pay prison guards substantially more than teachers.

    Fear of crime led us to vote for long prison terms and the three strikes law.  We didn’t intend to spend $4 billion more on prisons than colleges, but our politicians were influenced by powerful public employees unions and we’re locked into contracts that are eroding California’s greatness.

    The less educated our workforce…the more we feed the prisons.

    [EDITORIAL] Schools vs Prisons

    [BAY] [EDITORIAL] Schools vs Prisons
    NBC Bay Area believes California should spend more on higher education than on prisons.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 15, 2010)

    It’s time to admit our mistakes and make tough decisions.  By pumping so much money into prisons, we’re starving education.  We cannot afford the consequences.

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    EducateToday or Incarcerate Tomorrow? Our Viewers Have Responded

    [BAY] EducateToday or Incarcerate Tomorrow? Our Viewers Have Responded
    Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director highlights viewer feedback in response to our editorial on making California education, not incarceration a funding priority.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 22, 2010)