The schoolâ€“toâ€“prison pipeline is not what it is popularly advertised to be by the major media, whereby the installation of safety officers and security personnel in schools to protect the learning environment for all the students leads to mostly young men of color getting a record for disruptive behavior and being channeled into prison as the logical result of attending Kâ€“12 public schools.
Rather, the schoolâ€“toâ€“prison pipeline is a conduit opened and maintained by the statists, those who promote the state before the citizen, to keep as many students as possible in the public school monopoly so that the two leading teacher unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, maintain as many duesâ€“paying members as possible and to increase the number of dues payers, regardless of its impact on our children. The promoters of the schoolâ€“toâ€“prison pipeline deny African American, Hispanic, Asian, white, and other students of color from highâ€“needs socioeconomic backgrounds a choice of where to go to school. If these parents or guardians want their children to go to a public charter or to use a voucher to select another private option, that is where the inquiry should endâ€“â€“the simple choice by their parents and guardians.
Instead, the state "wins" by keeping more people in the stateâ€“run pipeline. The public unions "win" by keeping more unionized school staff and keeping the dues gravy train coming in to support unions, who in turn use their political strength to help elect candidates who favor unionized public schools versus school choice for our children and young people. How do the children win if their education options are artificially restricted? The students lose by being blocked in sometimes failing public schools with no viable choice to go elsewhere. And the poorer you are, the fewer choices you generally have. This denial of school choice would particularly impact black students, as blacks have disproportionately less money than the average American.