All government should get out of the picture. Government at all levels has proven to be very bad at educating, relative to the private sector. They provide, in many cases, one-size-fits-none garbage that only meets the official standards because they cheat test scores on behalf of students. Government schools regularly push students through the system without educating them. It is a sick joke. Or, it would be, if it was funny. But, its not funny. It's fucked up. They literally force people to pay for something, then they do not provide it. Its robbery, plain as day. You or I, or a group of us from VGC would be put in prison if we opened a school, forced the people in the neighborhood to pay for it, forced them to go to it, and gave them diplomas based on fake test scores. For some reason, we allow government to continue doing this to people. Worse yet, not only do we allow it. Some of us push for government to take an even bigger role.
I want people to get a quality education. That's why I oppose government schools.
Charter and private schools have their own caveats. I can list 4 in my area that shut down mid year with no warning to parents or students because they didn't make enough money.
I agree that our education system is outdated, underfunded (low teacher pay and lack of school supplies) and impractical (the one size fits all model is ridiculous as any teacher will tell you). I'd suggest we look toward Japan and the Scandinavian countries for a complete overhaul of the whole thing. I personally would love to see more of a Reggio Emilia approach.
So state and municipalities aren't government? I could swear they collect taxes and expend it.
If you read further in the thread, you'll note I make a distinction between federal, state and local governments. But you mentioned politicians promising to fix education which is, ironically, a promise you usually hear from federal level candidates.
It may be ironical to you, but I have seem politicians in all level talking about how they are going to improve education or how much education is important and how bad it's being threated.
You may make any distinction you want, they are still government and inefficient.
Sure if a school can't make money it'll close, just government go and raise costs while demanding others to pay even if they don't want... so private companies need to go after market need and if unable to they close.
If you gone and look more at Japan you would see that they complain about the education all the time and request more money and expenditure... it is probably a global fetich to ask more government and more money to correct a issue that is much more on how the money is used than how much there is available, and that is the root of government.