K-12 funds needed

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Parents who dream that their child might one day do time in a county jail will be excited to learn that Placer County started construction on a $98-million corrections facility. As the largest public building project in Placer County history, I imagine that the accommodations will be quite lovely. For those who instead have their sights set on state prison for their offspring, the future also looks bright. California spends a generous $47,000 annually per inmate. Unfortunately, for the millions of Californians who look to a properly funded public school education as a means to build a promising future for their children, the outlook is bleak. I understand that the funding mechanisms for prisons and schools are separate and complex, but enough is enough. Do we really want to live in a state known for its premier prisons and failing schools? I encourage concerned citizens to contact our elected officials to demand that adequate funding be put in place to properly support K-12 programs. Linda Cramer, Meadow Vista