I threw this together last night. It is a modest, commonsense response to the generally failed state of American public education. I am sure that with a little tweaking it will earn near unanimous support among a-zers. 1. Abolish the federal Department of Education. 2. Abolish all state Departments of Education. 3. Disestablish and revoke the supervisory power and the budgetary or taxing authority of all local and regional school boards and districts and of their successors if any. 3. Eliminate teacher certification regimes at every level of government. Hiring schools may value any teacher training or educational coursework/degrees as they wish. 4. Rewrite SPED law so that IEPs are solely for informational purposes for schools and parents and do not place educational institutions under obligation to provide any particular services. 5. Eliminate all educational entitlements under Section 504. 6. Establish that students who do not achieve a particular score on SAT test(s) (or other) shall not be granted a high school diploma. Target scores shall be determined or alternatives to SAT devised or chosen by a committee of classroom teachers, one per state, chosen by each state’s DOE, as its last official act before disbanding. Once its work is done, the committee too shall dissolve itself. The state shall be required to issue a diploma to home-schooled students who do achieve the requisite score. Standardized tests prior to this graduation test are entirely at the school or parents’ discretion. Schools must publish data as to their students’ performance on the test(s). 7. Establish that schools may expel any student at any time entirely at its own discretion and that the school shall have no obligation whatsover to that student thereafter, other than repayment pro rata of any tuition or fees already paid. 8. The federal government shall raise through the income or other progressive tax sufficient funds to provide parents monies equal to the national average per student educational expenditure. These funds shall be the only public source of funding for education in America. The funds are to be distributed without any strictures as to how they must be spent other than that they must spent for educational purposes, to be broadly defined by statute and refined by case law over time. The benefit of the doubt in defining “educational purposes” is to be granted to parents. Unspent funds are to be refunded to the government. Parents who home school must keep a record of expenditures and likewise return unspent funds. Government involvement is to be limited as much as possible to managing the collection and disbursal of funds and to the retrieval of unspent or inappropriately spent funds. 9. Any organization, group, or individual may establish a school, churches included. The continued existence of the school is to be determined entirely by its success in attracting and retaining enough students to remain viable, though donations to schools are permitted and are to be treated as charitable donations for purposes of taxation. Schools shall have entire discretion as to whom they admit as students. 10. Schools may enter into whatever voluntary association they wish with other schools, but may not enter into any association with any government entity.