Unfortunately I feel that like this budget, public schools have too much bureaucracy to do anything more than take the money and not give the students much in return.

I believe the key is more math and science, but a total restructuring of the current public school system is what is needed or dismantlement. Math and schience scores are great at alternative high schools like "Harry S. Truman High School" http://www.gatesfoundation.org/nr/public/media/newsletters/possibilities/fall_01.htm