Funny you should post this. I just had a rant about this very similar thing on my own page yesterday, heh. It seems this issue is on a lot of folks minds as of late as it should be. Wonder if that means there is hope for changing it.
You ever watch The Cartel? I thought it was a really good example of how much of a stranglehold the Teachers Unions and the age old "we must spend more on education!" crap from most Dems is actually not helping our education system at all.