Mom sits across from the teacher during parent-teacher conferences. Her face is bruised. She is staying in a shelter with her daughters. Dad has a restraining order.
The teacher asks what help he can offer. Mom bursts into tears. "Just be kind to my daughter... please, be kind to her."
The daughter is 4 grade levels behind. During the school year, she misses almost 40 days of school.
The next year, the district and the state look at the daughter's academic scores. They call in the teacher to have him explain how he will rise to a higher standard of teaching, so that scores like that will not be repeated in the future.