Re: "Schools failing poor kids before they arrive for class" (TNT, 2-23).
I am a retired teacher from California, and this article hit close to home. I taught at a Title 1 school where we had to provide free and reduced meals. At the beginning of the school year, paperwork went home to verify the need for this. There were no checks and balances for these free meals.
A lot of the paperwork came back with an "X" for the signature. Right there that told me that the student was starting off poorly.
My experience was that kids who got these free meals had better cell phones than I had and annual passes to both Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm, among other things. They had access to free eyeglasses, dental, etc.
So why are schools the ones "failing poor kids before they arrive for class"? How about some checks and balances? How about some parental responsibility?
I know stating this isn't politically correct, but maybe that is what is wrong with things today. How much more can our schools do for kids? Education has to start at the home as does providing for their own kids.
Just a thought. Stop having kids you can't afford.