For the last 15 years or so, I have worked in “low income” schools
these are the kind where the majority of the kids qualify for free lunches. While I truly feel bad for the kids, it is a different story for the parents. I see them buying all sorts of crap across the street at the convenience store. The school provides free breakfast to every child whether or not they get free lunch so none of them should be accepting food stamps and then spending it on chips and soda for a before school snack or spending it on lottery tickets. Or, trying to get disability money for their kids simply because they need speech services. Don’t get me wrong – kids that are seriously disabled need extra money because their services cost money so maybe they should get it, but these kids that can’t say the s sound correctly don’t.
I guess what I’m saying is that I think that a lot of the aid goes to people who abuse it. I think that the requirements for getting the aid should get tougher and there should be more monitoring about it. Maybe it should go to the schools in the form of sending home dinner food for the kids or something rather than relying on parents. Many of them run out of money before the end of the month because they’ve wasted it or used it on something else. Then they come to our social worker and ask for help. She provides it in the form of canned food that we keep at the school for this purpose. At least we know that are getting decent food for part of the month.