Schools or Prisons?

schools, education, prisons, school-prison pipeline, racism, class

Today, I heard anoth­er instance of there being “not enough mon­ey”  to appro­pri­ate­ly fund a pre­dom­i­nate­ly Black and Lati­no high school’s course offer­ings. This time the school is Jef­fer­son High in Los Ange­les. Stu­dents will not get the cours­es they need to grad­u­ate on time. Stu­dents will have to repeat class­es they have already passed. Where do they turn? What does that slick say­ing “When one door clos­es, anoth­er one opens” mean for young peo­ple in this school? What options are we giv­ing our pre­cious youth when “not enough mon­ey” is seen as a good enough rea­son to block vital oppor­tu­ni­ties for some, when there is plen­ty of mon­ey avail­able for war, pris­ons, and yachts? Is this democ­ra­cy? Jus­tice?

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