6. You're right, doing nothing is not an option. MORE resources must be poured into poor schools, not
Let me give you an example:
In our district, "regular" students will be following a robotized curriculum called CSCOPE where every teacher of a subject will be on the same page, the same paragraph, the same word, ideally, at the same time each day. No textbooks will be issued, no deviation, no reteaching, no variation at all will be permitted.
AP and IB students will be getting new textbooks, and they will receive wireless notebooks that anyone can check out now, but not next year.
SPED students will still be getting textbooks, and all their modifications as well.
The school is 85% eligible for free/reduced lunch, and the census shows that 50% of the total population in this county does not have so much as a high school diploma.
No raises for two years, a 10% RIF, and a $15,000 raise for the superintendent and chief of staff are other ways they're "improving" the district.
No textbooks, no flexibility, no additional resources for the huge majority of poor students will result in a massive failure rate. Teachers' fault? Don't think so.
Resources are being removed from poor kids, not added. Insane, really. The kids, teachers, and the community all lose.
"No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up." - Lily Tomlin