If leadership wants to do something useful, I note the piece that 60 Minutes did on Elijah Cummings. He said that as a kid he had to go to school every day “unless he was dead.” Note that 37% of city school kids miss 10 or more days of school a year, and more than 20% are “chronically truant.” If they could get their own constituents to be like Rep. Cummings, many of the city’s issues would be alleviated within a generation.
And, by the way, the squeegie kids are in the middle of President Street, right near police headquarters where they’re likely to be run over. And, of course, most of the time they should be in school.
Both my late wife and my mother were inner city teachers, my late wife in Baltimore. Nothing wrong with the schools or the teachers and very little that money would help. You need to have much higher expectations of your constituents.