Politicians are fond of saying money will not close the achievement gap for primary and secondary students.

I think they are wrong.

Far more money should be allocated to poverty-stricken school districts for all their maintenance and facilities — but especially to pay their teachers who must have the skills to deal with afflicted students.

This likely will not happen because politicians will not give the necessary money, and because they have a genius for turning out increasing multitudes of poor families.

They like to quote unemployment and poverty statistics to support their miserliness, but such statistics are increasingly irrelevant or misleading.

Walter O. Jones

Lake Crystal

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