As reported by MacMinute:
In his speech at an education reform conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was critical of teacher unions, reports the Associated Press. Apple compared school principals with company CEOs. "What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn't get rid of people that they thought weren't any good?" asked Jobs. "Not really great ones because if you're really smart you go, 'I can't win.'" Jobs appeared in a joint appearance with Dell CEO Michael Dell. "I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way," Jobs said. "This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy."
My father has been saying this for years. He has been very outspoken against teacher's unions and the way schools are run in the United States. Another thing that my father regularly addresses with the school board is their ability to raise taxes without taxpayer referendum - by the means of property tax re-assessment.
My father also challenges the grading system and the notion of the "Bell Curve" - he believes that education should be based on concept rather than grade level. You don't move on until you you have learned a concept with a 90% score. This would also have the added benefit of allowing gifted students to graduate earlier - if they "move along" fast enough - some could graduate at 15 or 16. In fact, I'm sure we would actually see MORE graduates at this age rather than the spotted few we see now.