We can help students but it won’t be cheap

The News story on the pencil project and how poor students need school supplies confirms that the failure of many students to graduate is more about bad families than bad teachers.

When a child has never been read to or his or her parents didn’t graduate from high school, he or she will have a harder time in the classroom.

Government and charities can’t “fix” dysfunctional families, but they can give kids better odds of succeeding.

Head Start and enriched preschools, such as the one funded by the M&T Foundation, can make a difference. Are politicians and voters willing to foot the bill?

Donald Blank