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Reply to "The Effect of Public Schools on Our Kids"

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However, in schools where Black students make up most, if not all of the student population, particularly in poor urban environments, the students tend to suffer from the worst school (and home) environments, including schools that are understaffed and have been for quite a number of years with uncertified, unqualified teachers. Of course there are many ways that this can be remedied, but the point is, you cannot use your home district as a standard by which other schools should perform, especially if your school has at least the basic necessities in order to perform, like qualified and motivated teachers and enough textbooks for the children to use."

But my point was this - Where the heck is all the money going?? If the "poor districts" are getting $8,000 a kid MORE than my district, WHY can't they afford to buy books, attract teachers with higher salaries, fix the schools etc.?? In NJ, which is my only point of reference, we pour millions of dollars into the school districts, the "poorest" districts won a court decision (google "Abbott vs. Burke") so that they get as much money per child as the RICHEST district in NJ. Not the same as the middle class districts, but as the richest districts. This money has been pouring in for at least 10 years to these districts, and STILL the situation of the schools being in bad condition, not enough textbooks etc. has not changed. Where is the money going??

I understand you cannot change the home environment. I realize if you have a child coming to school who has no good place to sleep, no decent meal and no encouragement to learn you have a hard time helping them to excel. But at least if you are taking the taxpayers money use it for the essentials and give the kids a safe environment to go to school!

I strongly suspect the money is being used- to line administrators and well connected contractors pockets!

NJR
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