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|And I just have to clairfy that I do know better than to assume that just because a child's home life is horrible, doesn't mean that there is zero chance for an education. My mother had a student in her first grade class who was reading above most 5th graders. Maybe it had to do with the fact that he was homeless with his mother and she would take him to the library for as long as the doors were unlocked and they would read together. My mom actually prefers the schools with the more challenged situations. She has been bullied by the thug parents and has stood her ground with her 5 foot little frame, all for the sake of the kids in her classroom. She also is considered close to royalty to some parents. She is the bilingual "Maestra" who they view as the last fighting chance for their kids' future in this country. She really is underpaid.