First off -- You have my admiration and support. And you can cash that check today (for all that's it worth ) Even parents are aware of who the "mouth-breathing yahoos" are and believe it or not -- it's also annoying to us when their petty concerns become an issue. But here's the deal --- I don't believe that you or the teachers ought to be responsible for 70% of the items that you currently are. Govt mgmt of schools has evolved to make them a one-stop shop for physical/mental health, security and law, daycare, nutrition, entertainment monitors, and off-hours surveillance of their activities. That along with the massive paperwork required for the honor of recieving funding based on need have all buried the original intent of the product. It's a service industry. You design a product FIRST -- and then supply the appropriate superstructure for delivering it to the customer. HOPEFULLY, the product is customizable to individual requests and needs.. The SCHOOL is not Hillary's village. There already exists services for all that extraneous child nurturing stuff. And EDUCATION will never improve until all those services are delivered in a better way.. THe way I see it -- EVERYTHING ought to be "a la carte". With the classroom being the center of attention and even there --- there ought to be scads more flexibility and options. Which might mean --- a contractor for music, a contractor for vocational, maybe even a contractor for all that standardized testing and prep that teachers abhor. You know the value of virtual education by computer. The unions are fighting it. But I'd rather my kid get a physics lecturer from MIT virtually, and let the classroom teacher handle the overall learning that occurs around it.. You folks need relief.. We need better educated kids and MORE OF THEM..