We could use better schools. There are things standing in the way, however, two of which are particularly important.
(1) Public schools, like most public agencies, are to some extent not accountable: they get their tax money even if the customers aren’t happy with them.
(2) Public school teachers have a lot of political influence, and what’s best for the teachers is usually not what’s best for the students and taxpayers.
Last year’s legislation on collective bargaining for public employees is a step in the right direction (Mostly-it’s not perfect, but more about that later), but there’s a lot left to be done.
More in a couple of days.