So free lunch and breakfast makes up for ~$1200 per child. That still leaves a lot larger expenditure per pupil in MPLS. I guess all that I am trying to say is that $$ can not solve the problem. If kids are not taught to value education they won't, and if they are not asked about their homework every night they won't do it!
The schools can not parent the kids, but we expect them to. If we can't get the parents of the kids in MPLS to make school a priority then it will not be for the kids either. No amount of $$ will fix that, and no one is even willing to talk about that for fear of being branded a bigot.
PS I immigrated to the US when I was in the 3rd grade. I didn't speak the language and there was no ESL at the time - so I do understand that it can be challenging. But, I also get tired of it being an excuse.