Education is the silver bullet for poverty, racism, and crime. It is just a shame the problem can not be fixed where it needs to be...K-12 Education. As I mentioned earlier, a few schools in Dallas are having trouble staying open.
A thought on schools. I am not sure how it is in other states, but Texas lacks a state tax. That being said, the property owners are taking the hit in terms of school taxes. The nicer parts of the metroplex (Highland Park, Plano, Rockwall, Frisco, etc) pay the bulk of these taxes. Texas also has the "Robin Hood" effect. Money is taken from these cities, and given else where. A lot of money is being paid out, but still no sign of development. Hopefully Governor Perry fixes this, because property taxes are wicked expensive.
Coupons. I believe I read that there are numerous cities that are offering coupons to help pay for private school for underprivelaged families. Is this happening? Working?
Is the problem in the programs being offered, or is the problem in the lack of initiative and thoughts of growth within the families? My boxing coach was from Harlem. His story was that if he didn't learn what he learned to defend himself, he would not be here today. He and his family moved to Dallas to help provide a future for their kids. The kids have since moved on to the military to help pay for college.