lets put it this way.... Here in Houston, the top schools like Friendswood ask for the least amount of money, but have highest scores, why? parental involvement and a family atmosphere.
Down town, where the poor inner city kids live, the parents are on welfare, food stamps etc, and the schools request the most money, and blow it, why? the parents are druggies, and never around to parent their kids, the kids, out of loneliness and depression, literally tear everything up in school, nothing lasts long, its not respected or taken care of, its not the money, but the environment that the kids are raised in.
when a third grader has to come home and clean up pot roaches, vomit, and empty rum bottles and see their mom passed out on the couch, the last thing on their mind is homework.... Parents need to start being parents!