Staying in school and receiving a quality education are the best deterrents to juvenile delinquency. Yet almost half of our states spend on average more than three times as much per prisoner as per public school pupil.
Kids who spend more than half their childhood in poverty earn, on average, 39 percent less than median income as adults. Yet, a majority of House lawmakers want to narrow the deficit by making things worse for today's kids.
I was recently contacted, from prison, by a former student, a brilliant young man according to the state standardized tests we were giving a decade ago on which he scored in the 99th percentile in math and not far below that in English.
Apparently helping New York retain its most critical public services is not among the "easy-to-reference issues" political donors should consider "when political candidates are calling for contributions."