Krashen again makes a hard but accurate point that is worth repeating. . .here and often by all of us who are concerned about poverty and education:
"Improving education is not the path to eliminating poverty. Eliminating poverty is the path to better school achievement. All the money going to new standards, new tests, and of course new textbooks, should be spent on protecting children from the effects of poverty: Proper nutrition (no child left unfed), health care, and access to books."
See his full comments on an EdWeek blog.