Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cut the schools, save the prisons

We all know that Tracy Unified School District must cut about $14 million from its upcoming fiscal budget, thanks to massive cuts in education spending decided by the state Legislature.

But while the kids at Delta Island School must leave their sanctuary for unfamiliar learning environs, some quite powerful (and quite bloated) entities escape with nary a scratch.

Namely, the California prison system.

While sports, art, music and magnet programs disappear from local schools in tight times, the state prison system saw exactly zero budget cuts for the current year. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

It's nice to know that, while Californians won't dedicate proper resources to put kids on a successful life path, we're more than happy to lock them up when they leave it.

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