Education stands strong as the silver bullet in America. The starting point for everything that we as Alabamians want to see for our state is the education of our children and the continuing education of our adult population.
Alabama received $1.1 billion in federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was appropriated for education. More than 10 percent, $118 million, was transferred to the corrections system. This kind of thinking is the major reason that Alabama faces such financial hardship. Our government prioritizes paying to imprison non-violent offenders over spending money to give our children a proper education.
Statistics show that the success of a state directly correlates with the education of its people. Areas with excellent school systems have lower crime rates across the board, and states with a better-educated citizenry are more likely to attract business and industry.
Unfortunately, you cannot cure the disease by treating the symptoms, and you cannot solve the problems facing this state without changing our policies toward education.