What would really make schools better is if teachers did not have to teach to the test and were able to get back to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. If children were able to play on the playground like they used to, you know, like tag, dodge ball, anything that didn't 'hurt' the children. If school districts made it easier for a poor teacher to move along, for the sake of the children of course. Having a teacher who teaches poorly, intimidates children or is just plain stupid does not help our children receive proper education. Also, if school districts were allowed to do the right thing by keeping good/great teachers rather than being bound by the last in first out method when it comes to potential layoffs. Schools also need to have the power to ditch the touchy feely 'discipline' and use a real method of discipline such as detention and expulsion, if needed, without having to be afraid of any parental reprisal or possible long drawn out appeals of such disciplines. Parents need to feel that they really count in their child's education when they volunteer in the classroom, or attempt to be active in the Parent Teacher Association. Too many parents just 'give up' when their attempts to be active are ignored, which happens way too frequently.