Your Thoughts on Education Reform

With a new presidential administration, major budget constraints for states as well as districts and large scale national dissatisfaction with No Child Left Behind, educational reform is a hot topic on many levels.
NPR's Talk of the Nation featured Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a story titled Arne Duncan Hopes to Overhal Education System,  where Duncan calls the problems facing the U.S. school system "the civil rights issue of our generation."  Listen to the story, then take a moment to read through the listeners' comments, some of which are quite thought provoking.
What are you insights, thoughts and observations in regards to education reform in the United States?  What is going on in your district or city??  We want to hear from you!