1) At the beginning of the year, teachers can meet with the parents to establish expectations. This would show "Johnny" the importance of education to himself, the parents and the teacher.
2) Then the schools can implement performance monitoring systems that the cyber charter school systems depend on. Urban school systems might require more hands-on training to parents but this would be a long-term ROI to help parents move into technology for the 21st century.
3) Have parents abide by their contracts to volunteer at least 10 hours in school. I know parents have to work but someone has to make sure "Johnny" is on track for success. What if "Johnny" does not have a parent or the parent does not care about education? In that case, "Johnny" needs a mentor who cares about Johnny and his education.
4) Implement intervention programs for behavior and emotional health. Let's face it - to the student in an unstable home environment or who have been affected by instability, schools can have a traumatizing effect. This means we need to train teachers and staff on the typical behaviors associated with trauma. Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician specializing in Adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia "Our kids are not broken: Empowering Traumatized Yong people", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mr8n78giUk, said "50% of depressed youth lash out in anger that is the school to prison pipeline. Youth depression does not look like adult depression."
John C. Maxwell said "Leadership is Responsibility". As a mother of 3 students, I am now the responsible party to stop the blame game and help everyone BE the solution to "system failure." We all have a part to play in implementing solutions for "Johnny", "Elizabeth" and all the other 130,000+ students and parents who traverse through the School District of Philadelphia every day.