Lord knows brevity is not my virtue; and typing on an iPad means that all kinds of random things appear on my behalf; and I am convinced that my newly developed problem mistyping homophones is a sign of Alzheimers; but my reading comprehension is still working well -- thank goodness.
You are reminding me of my first "corporate world" job where I had to teach my staff about fractions - same skill I taught my 6th grade students the 4 prior years. Bless their hearts, they all calculated 15 minutes as .15 on their timesheets. They were hard workers making a low wage and cheating themselves out of a little bit that added up.
I assure you that whatever concerns you have about your local education quality will pale once you experience Mississippi's finest. Moving down here from Northern Virginia and the top schools in the nation has made it that much more painful to see that these parents have no idea that their children are being robbed.