Burris could be the greatest guy in the world, but he's fighting a losing battle. That's difficult to say/read, but it's reality.
How does one man, a community group, well-meaning teachers, etc. straighten out the root of the problem? We are now entering into the second, third, fourth generations of children of parents who don't value education. It takes a strong kid not to model himself/herself after their environment. Dad doesn't care about the family and impregnates other women, mom has a different "boyfriend" every month, no discipline, low expectations for what life has to offer, etc.
It's good that people like Burris is willing to put his energy into this, but don't expect significant results. TPS will continue to slide into Detroit-like oblivion. The only possible solution would be a voucher system--separate the good from the bad and at least give some of the kids a chance.