Ha, yeah, it's amazing that Education is leading the polls.
The "solutions" all seem to be of the form of either (but not both) "spend more money on good teachers" or "spend less money on bad teachers".
Or of the occasional/omnipresent "introduce new technology in all classrooms" and that will be the silver bullet. Not that computers in every classroom has had much more effect than TVs + VCRs in the 70s, or how expensive projectors have improved over blackboards, or expensive mandatory textbooks have replaced worksheets that the teachers would make themselves and duplicated using those old blue copies that smelled like bananas because modern copying machines were too nice (and most are still subject to embarrassingly small quotas today). No, the good teachers somehow manage to dutifully spread the education around anyway, regardless of the tools made available to them.
The one biggest factor that research consistently points to is actually the parents. Parents are the ones who find the best schools with good teachers for their children to attend, and push their kids to work hard and value education. But how can we really reform that, if it's a societal/cultural thing?
I support public education: I married a teacher