Now, forgive me, as I have not studied this issue other than reading some of the materials about Finnland's success. And they said that if they had to deal with the testing regime American teachers do, they would quit.
I think we need to focus on making teachers better, which means attracting the best talent and cultivating it. Both of these activities requires money.
How about this - the amount needed to maintain the current level of services and do proper maintenance on the buildings?
As long as I can be a ninja turtle, I'm all set with you being a lion