The unacceptable violence committed by Ray Rice against Janay Palmer and the ensuing controversy has hit close to home for the City School District of New Rochelle. Rice is a celebrated alum with an ongoing presence in the New Rochelle schools and surrounding community. With a spotlight turned on our district, we are determined to use the event as a teachable moment.
The savings from criminal justice reforms wouldn't fully finance the increased education investments needed, partly because states will likely spend much of the savings elsewhere. But reordering state priorities away from maintaining large prison populations and toward investing in human capital will pay off over the long term.