This book is dedicated to Bronx students and to all urban students across the United States who not only have had to endure very difficult home problems but also have had to overcome abysmal school conditions that were beyond their control. They were (and still are) subjected to overcrowded classrooms, decaying buildings, and grossly underfunded schools. New York City waited for thirteen years, beginning in 1993, to receive $4.7 billion more a year owed to them as a result of New York State landmark court decisions stating that its financing system denied city students the opportunity to get a sound, basic education. Sadly, after waiting for thirteen years, New York City did not receive the needed funds. In the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, the federal government was supposed to improve failing schools, but just like New York State, it has not provided adequate funding to do the job.
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