If I was running a public school district, first thing I would do is take a look at administraive costs and begin severe cuts wherevere possible to make sure as much went to the classroom as possible. I would then take a long hard look at the instructors and fire the lowest 25% right off the bat. I would hope and pray they strike at that point and kill the union contract and fire them all, replacing them with hungry intructors that dont have much experiance teaching. If they dont strike then they be on notice they perform or else. All testing would be performed by outside contracted personel twice a year. Once at the begining of school the second at the end of school. The most successful instructors will be kept the least dropped. Tenure would be eliminated. It would be run like a business, their performance will be measured and graded just like their students. Their business is to instruct students. They do that successfully and be rewarded, or fail and be fired. In exchange for the increased responsibility those that perform very well will be paid better, and all will be givin much greater leaway as to how they conduct their classes. One cannot expect greater responsibility without greater freedom. Thats how I would do it. Demand and expect results. And reward based on those results. The bottom line being students leaving the school, knowing what they came to learn.