The problem isn’t money. Some of the best schools in the country have some of the lowest costs per student. We discussed this data often at the college where I was an administrator. In addition, throwing money at the problem never helped.
The problem is that the courts, school boards, administrators, and teachers, most of the culture, are saturated with extreme liberalism. They’re brainwashing our kids instead of teaching them.
There was a program in southern California a few years back called “Ebonics”, wherein teachers in primary and secondary schools were required to accept gutter street language as acceptable English, even to the extent in some cases of having to learn it. These kids are being cheated. They’ll graduate high school unable to get a job anywhere but the local 7Eleven.
I read a comment by a secondary social studies teacher in California saying she’d “never correct the English in my students’ papers. It would damage their self esteem.”. Clearly she has no idea where self esteem comes from… and is too lazy or two lacking in her own English skills to be willing to correct her students’ papers properly. Her comments made their way into a program we were implementing called “writing across curriculum”, where we were requiring all profs to correct the English of their students’ papers, regardless of the subject they were teaching.
In short, money ain’t the issue. Unqualified, poorly educated teachers, poor administration, and pathetic court decisions are the root cause of the issue. The root cause is no longer what the teachers are teaching, it has become what the teachers have been taught.