Bottom line - 1. You can smell it in Redbank, North Chattanooga and all over downtown. 2. It needs to be fixed
How about helping kids at risk when they are younger so that they learn there are alternatives to a life of crime?
Closing a business will not stop people from acting out. This stems from today's society feeling as if the rules do not apply to them and is further substantiated by leadership who continually exhibits this same lack of responsibility for their own behavior.
"Perhaps that 4.4 million can go back into public education where the root of the problem spawned."
So there were no parenting/family issues involved? Blame it on the education system because of course parents have no responsibility.
@ hixsondave - You said, "Bad administrators and teachers are with us a lot longer than an election cycle thanks to the union."
Bad teachers are with school systems longer because supervisors do not want to keep records concerning teacher performance and complete paperwork to have the teachers dismissed. A good administrator will observe a teacher, offer them feedback for improvement, help them develop a professional improvement plan, and follow up to make sure the work is done. If not, then the administrator can take the necessary steps for removal of the teacher. If a teacher has been teaching for a long time then they have passed through observations of professors while earning their degrees, and the observations of mentors and administrators throughout their careers. If none of those professionals took the time or made the effort to remove the teacher then they are the reason those bad teachers are still there, not the union. The union just helps make sure that the school district show cause for the dismissal and give the teacher an opportunity to improve him/herself. A good administrator can have a bad teacher gone within a school year which is much shorter than a term in office.
Also, prisons are built based on student reading scores in early grades (http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Literacy/stats.asp). The prison problem could be solved by investing money in educating young children with smaller classrooms and better training for teachers. It might take a few years to see results, but isn't that better than continually having to increase the money spent on housing these people who may not have turned out this way if they had a little more help when they were younger?
And before these young men became juvenile offenders they were in classrooms across the state with teachers being held accountable for these students' test scores. Check the numbers. The amount of juvenile offenders is going up, not down. These children aren't going away, and worrying about test scores rather than helping these boys when they are younger, before they become too far gone would be a better use of money.
Obesity is a medical diagnosis and a doctor would be remiss in his/her professional responsibilities for not telling a parent. You would want the doctor to tell you if your child had strep throat. Same difference. Parents, however, control the dietary quality/quantity of their child and should know if their child is obese without being told.
This is the craziest thing I have ever heard. I have had students bring me one of their own video games, just because they want to give a gift. I don't accept personal items from students, but I tell them how thoughtful they are and how much I appreciate them wanting to do something nice for me. I have never met any teachers whose financial status has improved from receiving student gifts. Usually candles, candy, school supplies, picture frames, or other small items are the types of gifts we receive. The nicest thing I ever received from a student was a Mickey Mouse watch from Wal-Mart. The thought that the student cared enough to pick the watch out and wrap it was more important than the watch itself.
So how can this be turned around so that law makers, who are also public employees, cannot accept dinners, free travel, tickets to events, or any other "gift" from those they supposedly serve? Those "gifts" are much more substantial and have more of an impact on decisions and laws that are made than a teacher receiving a gift card.
I send food home with kids on Fridays when I know they won't get to eat again until Monday morning at school. Our school does food baskets for our needy families. I keep peanut butter and crackers in my desk and extra milk and juice in my classroom fridge. This is a very real problem teachers deal with every day in addition to all of the duties of teaching.