Andrew Coulson rightly proposes that free market solutions to education are sorely needed. Read this and remember it when Obama gives his speech requesting more money to fix public schools. Lack of money has never been the problem with public education -- the problem is mismanagement and lack of consequences for poor performance. Reasonable people know this, but the problem continues to fester.
Speaking of deferred maintenance, let's not defer doing something about the public school system because it makes problems more difficult to fix later on -- throwing more money down a black hole will not work. We can start by eliminating the Department of Education. We've known for quite a while that education in America is a serious problem -- government has failed, so it's time to turn it over to the private sector. There are solutions, but they won't be found in Washington -- locally all around America, the private sector will innovatively find local solutions to local educational concerns. The answer is not a five-point plans implemented from central command, but a free environment in which solutions can arise to meet the problems through a dynamic process of innovation and fundamental problem-solving with everyone concerned interactively involved, including "evil" American companies who will be hiring students once they graduate.