Obama Focusing on Prisoner Literacy, Rather Than Students

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The Obama administration has found the resources to facilitate a new school district in the U.S. prison system to improve inmate literacy rates, despite public school systems continuing to struggle across the nation. The scholastic plan is to reintegrate convicts into society after post-prison more efficiently.

U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King called for more high-quality education programs for the nation’s 1.5 million prisoners last month. King’s proposed plan is to “shrink achievement gaps, equip prisoners with skills and credentials to find meaningful employment and support successful reentry.” Following King’s proposal, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it was launching a new school district in the nation’s federal prison system.

Meanwhile, the public education system continues to face extensive budget cuts, dismal student performance and teacher shortages. According to government figures published by a nonpartisan research and policy institute, the country’s elementary schools are receiving much less funding per student than before the Great Recession. The U.S. for years has faced huge funding cuts for public schools all over, including the most remote districts of Wyoming and Oklahoma to large urban ones in California and Texas.

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