We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Because there is no evidence that education dollars correlate with schools' success. Rich schools are not the "best" schools, but kids in schools in more prosperous districts tend to perform best because kids perform best in areas where the parents tend to have their act together.
It's the kids that make a school look "good", not the school itself. Teachers want to teach but not all kids are interested in this project. For example, in my state student performance correlates almost exactly to the average town income, regardless of per pupil expenditures (which tend to be highest in "low-performing" urban schools). Thus the "best schools" are in solidly middle-to-upper-middle class, homogeneous towns with no new immigrants, no out of wedlock kids, and minimal social dysfunction.
Schools do not "perform." Kids perform, or not.
Education does not cost too much. Just ask any home-schooler, or any Charter School.
Attendance: Take roll in third period to avoid counting late students as absent. Attendance impacts funding.
Teach the test, not what is needed to be educated and functional in society. Test scores determine school rating, admin compensation, teacher promotions.
Indoctrinate liberal philosophy's. Teach gender issues, America's shortfalls, climate change, diversity. Not fundamentals that will help the student be functional - writing a complete sentence, arithmetic, budgeting, economics, civics.
Comply with the regulations imposed by the Fed. Must do for funding and promotion. Instead of teaching what advances the students ability be be a functioning member of society.
The local community/ parents should direct Not the Fed.
My apologizes to the few teachers that have their students well being at heart and fight to exist within the current system. God bless.