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Philadelphia Slashes Schools Budget While State Spends $400 Million on New Prisons
"[I]t really begs the question: what kind of community, what kind of city, what kind of nation do we want to live in? Do we want to live in one where everyone is literate, where everyone can function within 21st-century demands of technology and ability to collaborate?" said Anissa Weinraub of the Teacher Action Group.
"Or is it one where a very few will, you know, extract all of the wealth and the rest of us will just be left for low-wage labor, unemployment, incarceration, joblessness, and really tearing at the real threads of our community?"
"Will we invest in schools as public institutions and the cornerstones of healthy communities and the future generations? Or are we going to invest in this kind of casino capitalism where, you know, it's just the very few richest that get to take away all of the wealth?"