Spending: Schools v. Prisons

According to a newly released policy brief from the U.S. Department of Education, from 1979-80 to 2012-13, preK-12 public school expenditures increased by 107 percent. Over those same years, state and local spending on corrections increased by 324 percent.

The statistics in the brief, State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education, show that

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