Let's spend lots of money on "mentors" for kids who aren't attending school regularly. I mean, I wonder why one might not want to attend school in the slums on a regular basis. Hmmm, let's spend millions of dollars trying to herd these students back into the classroom.
It's a temporary program that will really only be in a child's life for a short time. "Just like Mommy's boyfriends!" quips one of the comments.
The thing that bothers me about articles like this is that it doesn't tell me what parents can do to keep these little do-gooders out of their kid's lives. My kid's school record is not some volunteer with three weeks of training's business, thanks.
Anyway, these folks will work their magic in a kid's life by meeting with him three times a week. Three times a week! Could you imagine interrupting your child's classroom experience three times every week? Could you imagine your kid missing that much on top of the absenteeism that's already going on? Even given that some of those hours may be during art or lunch periods, it seems an incredible waste of time.
Yeah, and we're spending actual tax dollars on this crap.