Robbing the Scholastic Peter to Pay for the Incarcerated Paul: The Show-Me State Showing Its Mulishness (2)
By Jon Marc Taylor
WHAT PRISONS COST MISSOURI
The cost to Missouri students and their parents has been and remains direct and immediately punitive. The end result is that ever- fewer educationally qualified students, primarily from the poor and working class strata, the majority minorities, many of whom would have been the first in their families to go to college, are progressively being squeezed out of higher educational opportunities. As already mentioned, the University of Missouri is now the most expensive public college in the Big 12 Conference, and many of the university system’s professional programs, such as dentistry, medicine and optometry, are among the most expensive state supported schools in the country.