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.
The answer to the public school crisis is not to build special schools. That doesn't do anything to address the problems at the existing schools.
I suggest that the schools be subjected to market forces. Not by opening more tax-funded schools, but by accurately measuring the level of satisfaction of the students. You can use the American Customer Satisfaction Index. It will tell administrators exactly how the students feel, so that they can make appropriate changes. Unfortunately, there are so many bad teachers, that the schools couldn't publish the results of the survey. In a union shop, nobody gets fired, ever.