Two fundamental reasons: lack of parental involvement and federal bureaucracy. Can somebody explain for me the need for and accomplishments of the Department of Education?
Taxpayer dollars for education should be retained exclusively in the districts where they were collected. Individual districts should have the mandate to develop curriculum tailored to the needs and funding of that district, accountable to the state level at it's maximum, for levels of standards and performance.
Charters schools and vouchers can all be part of the solution, but.......we must first drastically cut the mass and layers of administrative bureaucracy. Set a maximum student - teacher ration and allow children from other districts to commute if the parents so desire, using seats vacated by homeschoolers and transfers.