By Michelle Alexander,
In a move nearly as audacious as his fleet of Hummers, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger elated many public educators and criminal justice reformers in his State of the State speech by publicly embracing the “books not bars” motto that had been a rallying cry of grass-roots organizations for a decade.
Schwarzenegger declared that California should no longer spend more money on prisons than education and proposed a state constitutional amendment that would reverse the current spending ratio. “The priorities have become out of whack over the years,” he said. “What does it say about any state that focuses more on prison uniforms than on caps and gowns?”
Good question, Governor.