There was a big push to tie teacher performance reviews to the kid’s performance, so how about the same thing with parents? Tax penalties when your kids do poorly, tax incentives when they do well. Instead of throwing more money at schools (which Buffalo proved doesn’t work) throw more money at CPS agents allowing them to check up on kids the schools report as struggling.
Take the current nonsense in Buffalo about needing to feed kids breakfast in the classroom because parents aren’t capable of feeding them at home. Fuck that. This is NYS, home of every bloated social program you can think of. There is no reason for a kid in this state to be going hungry. Actually, there is a reason, and it’s that these shitty parents would rather buy big screen TVs, have cable, iphones, cigarettes and other crap instead of feeding their damn kids. If CPS shows up and finds iphones, flatscreens, cigarettes and empty cupboards when the school reports your kid is hungry and is telling his teachers he never gets breakfast give them the power to seize those luxury items. When they show up a week later for a followup if there’s a new TV and still a hungry kid someone goes to jail.
The government can’t take the role of a good parent but maybe it’s time they start forcing people to step up if they’re going to pop out kids.