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Michigan superintendent: Let’s turn our schools into prisons

By Kase Wickman
Saturday, May 28, 2011 16:01 EDT
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The superintendent of schools in Ithaca, Michigan, a small town in the heart of the state, had a sarcastic response to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP-controlled state legislature’s decision to strip $300 per student from the school budget.

The superintendent, Nathan Bootz, noted to local newspaper the Gratiot County Scribe that the state hadn’t taken funding from prisons. In fact, some of the eliminated school funding would be redistributed to boost prison funds.

Bootz has a simple (sarcastic) solution: Treat the state’s students like prisoners!

In his letter to the editor, Bootz wrote:

Consider the life of a Michigan prisoner. They get three square meals a day. Access to free health care. Internet. Cable television. Access to a library. A weight room. Computer lab. They can earn a degree. A roof over their heads. Clothing. Everything we just listed we DO NOT provide to our school children.

This is why I’m proposing to make my school a prison.

Snyder is one of the Republican governors up for recall.

(h/t: Alternet)

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
 
 
 
 
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