The return on investment in American education to individuals and to society at large has been growing in both relative and absolute terms since 1980. It is well known that, statistically, people who are well-educated earn substantially more, pay more in taxes, are less likely to be unemployed, live longer, are healthier, and are more likely to vote. Yet, in spite of that, our society is increasing spending on locking people up faster than it is on educating them. Our investments in punishing people for their failures are outpacing our investments in ensuring their success. John B. King Jr.
That was the disturbing finding... Read the article here:
This graph is from CNN:
Government money spent per year to educate an elementary/secondary school student compared to the cost of keeping an inmate imprisoned.