The sad truth, as you said is that you got out of town, that could very much saved your lives. We all saw TV news and know what happened, it was see New Orleans go from before Katrina to something that looked more like 3rd world country in it's 5th generation of poverty.
I have told Trace many times that if she ever get caught in Camden or Newark or Trenton, to look both ways and NEVER stop - drive until you are back on a parkway somewhere. Worse case, a cop see you are a white woman, alone - they will escort you out of town, no questions asked.
Why do so many of our inner cities look more like refugee camps springing up in neglected neigborhoods. Surely, we pay 25% of Medicaid or Disability funds to con artists, many now 5th generation. Again, 5th generation - that tells me, that poverty is the results of generational repetitive abuse of Medicaid like funds.
I'm sorry, but it is time to drug test (at least randomly) all Federal Aid recipients. Those getting caught with Chemicals like cocaine, methm or other concocted drugs - these positive tests should weigh heavy on whether or not you will reman on the system - obviously you are using Federal Tax Dollars to buy drug. It has to stop.
That is a real cut, as a Fed employee I'm subject to testing - I get a pay check from the Feds, just as recipients of Welfare do, except of course I earned it.
Just CUT THE FRAUD - spend billions to save trillions if you have too, but cut the fraud and spend it where it really needs to go: an all digital classroom (and connected learning tablet) would be nice. We need digital books, they are relatively cheap, especially in bulk licenses, they can be updated any time, they grow as new technologies and world experiences happen like Wikipedia, it doesn't have an end.
If a tablet in the Kindle price range were maid as a wifi-3g connected learning center - no books, all in a device that schools issue and parents are responsible for replacing - but it would have every text book, email ability or other social networking for submitting all homework and this simple, always recent tool travels to and from school, fully filled with homework.
The possibilities schools could do, make a password protected section for the parent to see grades and attendance, notes from teachers to them, etc.
We need to leave the paper world behind and teaching our kids in a FORMAT that they are comfortable with, cell phones, smart phones, ipads.
This isn't that Jessie Jackson Jr. speech, far from it. if all a kid had to do was type in a username and password to any unit, that students account would load where it was left off. The idea similar to the FREE BIKES in many cities, you just grab one and drop it off at a designated different spot.
Imagine, grab and go education, how easy it would be to teach from a digital medias, like power points with embedded videos. The tool would boost our education from the shameful place it is in the world list of education.
And no matter what, f we are to succeed in creating the greatest minds in the world, we must see that EVERY QUALIFIED STUDENT get the education they need and build a nation of outstanding dreamers that will create the tomorrow we need to rebirth our economy and kick-start our nation into building and supplying needs for other countries and be competitive once again.