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Philadelphia Decimates Public School Budgets, All While Allocating $400 Million to Build a Prison

Liz Dwyer

Don't believe in the school-to-prison pipeline? How about when a district has a $304 million budget shortfall so 10 percent of schools will close—disproportionately impacting black children—and the remaining campuses will lose teachers, secretaries, librarians, counselors, aides, and sports, all while the city decides to pour $400 million into building a prison to house 5,000 inmates. Yes, folks, welcome to Philadelphia, where the priority is locking black kids up, not educating them.

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  • michael.bane.9

    Ms. Dwyer, either you did not read the original article you have linked to, or worse, you are intentionally misleading people. It is not the City of Philadelphia that is building the new prisons, as you claim. It is the state. Even more disturbing is your use of the race card to accuse Philadelphia of having the priority of "locking black kids up". We have a black mayor, a black police chief, several black deputy police chiefs, a black fire chief and several black city council members. We Philadelphians don't need uninformed people like yourself making baseless accusations.

    • Liz Dwyer

      Look, I know one of the most common ways of avoiding talking about race is to accuse someone who acknowledges that it's a factor of playing a race card. That said, I stand by what I said. Also, as far as where the money is coming from, school district funding primarily comes from the state as well. It's pretty clear to plenty of people, including other folks from Philadelphia, that if the priority was funding education instead of building more prisons, that's what would be happening.

      • michael.bane.9

        Ms. Dwyer, pointing out why your accusations are baseless is not avoiding. You have no proof that race was a factor in the decision on the school funding. Moreover, you did not simply acknowledge "that it's a factor". You went ahead and made an accusation that locking black kids up is "a priority" in Philadelphia. You have no proof of that either. You have no proof of how much money comes from state aid and how much comes from local real estate taxes. Whether the majority of the money comes from the state doesn't change the fact that we need more prison space to deal with our crime problems now. In any event, your headline is factually incorrect. The city is not building the prisons, the state is,

    • Liz Dwyer

      I do, too. What's happening in Philadelphia is immoral, and despite all the talk about ensuring kids get an excellent education, the actions being taken by politicians and policy makers there speak so much louder than words.

      • Annalee Shelton

        That happens so often. I hope spreading the word will help them change their tune.