I've said it before and I'll say it again, this time with a new thread. The entire education system needs to be privatized and subsidized. As it stands, most parents have absolutely no choice when it comes to schools. Either you have to go to the public school that the district chooses for you or you pay tuition, even if it's just a public school outside of your district. They can't all homeschool, and not all of them can afford tuition. Not only that, but even if lots of people leave the school, they still get the same amount of tax money. Now, imagine if schools actually had to compete with each other like current private schools do. You could use the current public school tax funding to pay tuition for the poor. Now, if schools had to compete, we'd see a whole new era of fixes. First off, it forces the parents to be involved, since they're paying for it. Second, if you don't like ths school, you switch. If the school likes the current Pledge of Allegiance or public prayer, and you're an atheist, switch schools. If the school bans red and green for the month of December, take your business elsewhere. If the teachers refuse to go any faster than the slowest child, you can take the kid somewhere that will. Despite what liberals and communists think, a free market always creates better products. The fewer things the government has total control over, the better, as the goods and services are much higher quality when they have to be better and/or cheaper than the other guy. If schools had to compete for your business, I guarantee that most of the problems will go away.