A simple solution would avert the budget disaster facing
California's schools: We should declare every public school to be a
prison. The kids would understand.
Details need to be worked out, but I want every child in
California to be given a 13-year prison sentence at age 5, with the
possibility of a four-year extension.
That way, the $7,000 the state spends per student each year could
immediately be raised to $27,000—what the state spends on each
inmate annually. And our criminally under-funded schools would
qualify for the only category in the governor's proposed budget
that's slated to get more money this year.
Raising the Bars
Complete sentences: Turning students into prison inmates
And why not? My old highschool looked and felt like a minimum-security
facility when I was attending, and now it looks more like your standard
prison, what with the concentric rings of fencing around it and what look to
be guard towers along the building. Schools are already prisons of a sort,
so this is just calling a spade a spade.
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