Amid the push for accountability, one rising trend puts school teachers, rather than principals, at the helm of schools.
Readers write in about deficits and taxation, using private money for nuclear power, and the No Child Left Behind law.
Some policymakers say the focus needs to be on improving traditional education schools, while others are advocates of so-called alternative models, which can speed up entry into the profession.
Education trends from other nations are gaining cachet as political and educational leaders strive to bring American schools in line with the demands of the 21st-century global economy.
His pick for Education secretary, Chicago's Arne Duncan, faces a divide among Democrats.
New studies echo a key call from landmark 1983 report: boost teacher training and pay.