From a retired principal:
I am a retired principal of an elementary school. I don’t have any answers either but, as most educators know, cuts in social workers, limited powers of educators who know there are kids who need mental health services but are constrained by “rules” that dictate which kids get help and which kids do not, and parents who cannot face the fact that their child has problems that need to be addressed. In my last year as a principal, the superintendent asked us to make a choice between cutting speech and language specialists or social workers. I expressed that this was not a choice I could make but was the only principal in the district who spoke to this issue. We educators need to speak up and tell legislators what is happening at schools.