Connecticut is one of five states that spends more on incarceration than it does on higher education. We know that kids who struggle in school are more likely to end up in the juvenile or adult criminal systems.
We also know that programs that keep kids in school and help them succeed there are far less expensive than incarceration.
The question is: Do we want to invest a relatively small amount in success today or invest a whole lot in failure tomorrow?
I believe that every child should have the opportunity to grow into a happy and productive adult. As a taxpayer, I know it’s in my best interest to get youth ready to contribute to the economy rather than be a drain on it. I am distressed that Connecticut is one of five states that spends more on incarceration than on higher education. I am committed to:
Policies that will give more of Connecticut’s children the chance to succeed by reducing school based arrests, truancy and racial disparity;
Programs that get kids back on the right path rather than push them further down the wrong one;
Reforms that will raise achievement and engagement in struggling schools.
The Stop Failing Our Kids petition to Connecticut policymakers was written by Russell and is in the category Children's Rights at GoPetition.