Politicians, as a rule, know nothing about education, which should be guided by nonpartisan educators with minimal input from industry, etc. It is time to transform education into the opportunity to create informed and competent citizens and away from the training to bark like a seal for some career path. A truly educated person is much like the utility infielder in baseball--nimble in mind and versatile in skill. To do less is to cheat the student by condemning them to a narrow life path, which was the intent of public education in America (see Rockefeller/Gates).
Oh, and by the way, the charter school system (scheme) sucks!