Good read with links to very good articles about public education.
On the surface, it sounds good to say that states should reduce administrative costs, and push more money into classrooms (as proposed by the Governor of Arizona), but it is important to understand that “administrative costs” include librarians, counselors, food services, specialists who provide math and reading intervention, transportation, and even school safety measures — many of the people, and programs, tasked with meeting the basic needs of students in order to allow them to focus on learning.
Like it or not, what schools are required to do in order to ensure that student learning happens has changed dramatically. The chaos, dysfunction, poverty, and hunger that impacts students outside of school has a direct and significant impact on student learning. For anyone to deny that would be absurd, and for schools to ignore it would be malpractice.