Since the other thread is closed, here’s how I would fix urban public schools. 1. Close all for profit charter schools. Educating students in and of itself shouldn’t be a business venture. 2. Close any charter school that does not improve upon nearest comparable school in testing performance (only works if all students are required to take the test). 3. Have 1 social worker for every 100 kids and require group therapy as a class that meets at least once a week and individual counseling for students in need. Trauma is something we need to work proactively to deal with. 4. As much as many seem to hate it, schools need to invest in actual curriculum assembled by experts, not things purchased off of teachers pay teachers and worksheets from mathdrills.com. Teachers need a framework and can break off from there. 5. Teachers need to start reading research more. Too many rely on the poor pd they receive. Even grad school doesn’t do a great job with this. 6. Teachers must be incentivized to work in the toughest schools and the toughest subjects. The highest paid teachers should be math, science, and highly trained reading intervention teachers working with the toughest populations. I would not lump hard to staff positions like SPED and ESL into this because they would become patronage positions. 7. School days need to be longer in areas where the population is working poor. Teacher pay should be commiserate with the extra hours. During this time, any homework assigned should be completed and students should be fed 4 times. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack. Specials and electives should also be available during this schedule. 8. Medical professionals need to be brought in quarterly and students should receive individualized health treatment plans. Any sign of abuse or lack of health plan follow through should be referred immediately to social worker. 9. Students should be tested frequently for academic growth and advanced based on growth not age. 10. Parents collecting government benefits while not working must volunteer a certain number of hours per week in the school. These volunteers would lessen the financial cost of before/after care, and lunch/recess coverage, and office staff/hall monitors. If they act out of line because they don’t possess the skills necessary to function in society, they must attend training to correct this or risk losing their benefits and eventually children. Those with criminal history will need to volunteer in community beautification programs instead. 11. School leaders should be held accountable by annual votes of confidence and should be replaced if they fail to maintain a certain percentage between staff and the community. I could think of others but that’s a decent start. You may ask how I’m planning to pay for these things. Money is gonna have to come from somewhere and I start with existing government programs like Medicaid and SNAP. School funding for meals should come directly from snap since schools would now be feeding students all but 1 meal per day. Scale cost of food purchases would be significantly lowered and some abuse of the system would be curtailed. Medicaid should be paying for their health, including mental health, so that’s a good place to begin. Between those and current funding, we probably get a significant amount paid for. Obviously, literal budget estimates would need to be made.