Stepping into Philadelphia's school-funding crisis, the Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a fiery address Saturday linking public education to the civil rights movement and promising a return to the city to "take the veil off."
The problem, he said in his keynote speech at the "Higher Education Awareness, Dropout Prevention, and Health Initiative" conference, is "a direct effort to eliminate public education." He then seized upon a theme often trumpeted by city education activists:
"You got money, [Gov.] Corbett, for jails, but no money for schools. And you ask what's wrong with the kids? I come to ask, 'What's wrong with you?' " he said. "Bible says that you reap what you sow. Well, if you invest in jails and cut the budget on schools, you're investing in incarceration rather than education."