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  •  We have schools with high concentrations of poor (0+ / 0-)

    kids because we have too many poor kids.

    One quarter of American kids live below the poverty line. The poverty line! That's cardboard box and couch-surfing money in most places.

    It is mathematically impossible to create American schools where at most 10% of kids live below the poverty line. The best we could possibly do is 25%.

    Over half of all American kids qualify for free or reduced lunch.

    It is mathematically impossible to create a situation where all American schools have less than half FRL with busing.

    We have whole districts in California, large ones, where 90%+ of the kids qualify for free and reduced lunch.

    If we can get every child to a school with less than 10% of kids in financial stress, we will have the best schools in the world. But the only way to do that is to make more "rich" kids and fewer poor kids.

    Firing teachers, merit pay... none of that will get those kids safe, secure housing and a quiet place to read and study.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 10:22:22 AM PDT

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