While I agree with your editorial that the $700 million tax surplus should be given to our schools, money alone will not automatically get our students to study more diligently or behave in an appropriate manner.
Besides the request for more money, we should also ask the Legislature for a new law that will allow schools to expel lazy students for refusing to study.
If students want to socialize, they can do so off-campus, after school, on weekends, holidays and vacations.
Since taxpayers work for their money, students should be held accountable for achieving grade-level proficiency in basic skills, before they are promoted to the next grade.
Those who blame teachers for poor student achievement, because of boring classes, must be reminded that teachers are not trained to compete with television, radio, music tapes, rock concerts, movie theaters, dances, carnivals, circuses or Disneyland.