In all fairness..... the problem with education is not as correlated with these VERY FEW as with the systemic way we educate. I am sure Copernicus detests this as much as all of us.
Sure..the unions are an issue but somebody signed that contract representing the taxpayer. The system is so broken that a local politician or school board member who has their eyes on their next political seat, will sign this contract simply to avoid bad publicity by the union.
Here in Charlotte...good private schools are almost an industry. Most of the movers and shakers dont use the public schools, thus those who can change things, dont. They have no dog in the fight.
heck..on LI, my sister just yanked her 2 daughters out of so called "good public schools".