All right, after a violent coup overthrowing the current establishment you've been appointed supreme overlord and dictator-for-life of your school district. What do you do? You have as much money is as reasonable. (Enough to hire teachers with professional experience in their fields, but not enough to install water slides, let's say.) As supreme overlord and dictator-for-life, you don't need to answer to anyone, you're free to pursue your prerogative. Your actions can be regarding how you hire teachers, what curriculum will be taught, what discipline will be like, or whatever. Basically, how will you try to fix the school system? (Since this is a physics forum, it would be appropriate to concentrate on math and physics education, but feel free to talk about other areas.) I'd start by sending the less intelligent half of the school to vocational schooling. They don't get anything out of school anyway, and just waste resources. Maybe if we had a skilled workforce we could bring some jobs back to America. I'd hire better teachers naturally enough. In math class, I'd burn our Glencoe books. (That's good advice for any class, really.) I'd adopt the Gelfand correspondence series of books, which would be supplemented with certain books from the New Mathematical Library series, and a couple of books by Kunihiko Kodaira. I'd probably include Serge Lang's Basic Mathematics book in Pre-Calculus. I'd use Campbell for Biology, and I guess I'd force the English class to read Elements of Style. But enough about me. How would you fix the educational system?