LOL, if you think an elected board has any effect on test scores, you've been sucking down to much CO on your furnace jobs old buddy.
Palin nailed it. Too many parents in GC don't care or aren't in touch with their child's education. Television, internet and phones are all some of these kids know.
When the parents become a real part of their child's education, we may see some improvement.
If you think it's the schools fault, and I'm not saying some of it isn't, tell me why some kids succeed and some don't. The same teachers teach the same kids and they all use the same books.
Look around the house before you look at the schools. You may learn something.