The system broken, the school is closed, the prison's open
Kanye likes to preach. This time he has a point though: whenever there’s a budget shortfall, school budgets get hit first, prison budgets get hit last. The government keeps closing down schools, but keeps plenty of prisons open. So when the lower-class kids grow up to be “criminals” from a lack of good schooling, or even schools worth going to because the schools they did leave open now have 500 kids per classroom, they blame it on the troubled youth. When, as he says, the system is broken. If they would do things right, keep schools open and teach our kids, less of them would grow up to fill their prisons, and would have less use for them.
A slightly different grammatical take on the lyrics produces a more general sentiment: “the school is closed, the prisons open.”
There are rare cases where both get blasted, though: see present-day California
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