I'm not the first to say it... what's happening in Wisconsin is basically a victory of fascism in the United States. Corporate ownership of schools or cities is not the solution and it's not democratic, it's fascist.
What's wrong with schools:
OR, read some Jonathan Kozol - he's been explaining this impending crises for several decades:
Mr. Kozol explains in Savage Inequalities that how our schools are funded perpetuates poverty. I can't say it better than Mr. Kozol so read this book. Then ponder on the fact that he wrote it 20 years ago.