And that right there should tell you why you have to be careful about just rubber-stamping everything. Some of those cuts are deeply disturbing. For example... technology. How are we to raise our kids to be leaders in the digital age when we're drastically cutting back tech resources in the classrooms?
There seem to be much deeper costs that are draining the system. Schools are more dangerous and require security like never before. I imagine liability has gone up which drastically increases insurance costs. And then there's illegal immigrants, who are draining the system by giving some students free education, but also forcing stronger bilingual programs (which sort of ticks me off... my family were immigrants. My parents had to learn to adapt themselves). That and I still have the firm belief that the union is completely draining the quality of education.
I think people are quick to point the finger at teachers, and not at the main symptoms of the problem, which are likely waste, unions, immigration, and security/liability. If only we could use those same dollars to reward good teachers and give them better resources to educate.