Holy poo its not about blame. It's about working to get as many kids as possible as educated as possible for the future of our country. Saying "well your parents are crap so you are going to be crap" is not the way we are going to keep our country competitive.
It is EXACTLY about blame. Those doing crappy in school BLAME the system...blame the teachers...blame everyone but the one person who can actually do something about it....THEMSELVES.
If these kids are in the same schools....have the same resources...have the same classes....have the same teachers....please explain to me why it is NOT thier fault if they chose to not take advantage of them.
There are plenty of students in those very schools who are getting a good education. Why? Because they put forth the effort necessary to actually learn.
As I said, if the schools are sub-par in the lower income areas.....fix them. Invest in them. But at some point, it becomes the responsiblity of individuals to take accountability for their own education....not continue to blame someone for the fact they they don't study and won't put forth the effort.