Hardly a day goes by without a member of the media or policy world pronouncing that America's education system is in dire straits.
There are constant laments over how poorly the U.S. fares by international standards, its failure to produce literate students and its unsightly levels of racial segregation. There's a massive debate over how to overcome these problems, but there's no doubt that at least one factor would help: more money.
But where would the money come from? America's broken and bloated prison system might be a good start.
Keeping someone alive in prison is expensive — much more so than educating them.