Solving School Problems

When I was growing up, my family didn’t live in the best neighborhood. My parents didn’t like the schools in my area, but they weren’t really able to leave the neighborhood, so they worked extra hard and saved the money to send me to private school. Now that I’m in college, I really appreciate that they were able to do that and to give me such a great education. But I feel terrible that my neighbors and others in the area weren’t given the same opportunities as I was. Why are some schools so much better than others in our country, and what can we do about it? I know you guys don’t get political, but I’d love some background on the problems here.