All you need to do is look at the highest ranked eduaction system in the world and see how they got there. Finland is currently the best education in the world-
"By 2014, the Ministry intends to have legislation in place that will shift full responsibility for polytechnic funding to the government, a change from the current system in which polytechnics negotiate with the government each year to obtain core funding, and must make up the rest of their operating costs from other sources. With this control in place, the government will combine some of these institutions into “large and innovative high-standard competence environments,” present in every province, and programs of study will be focused on ensuring that graduates can begin working in their fields immediately upon graduation."
You can't use a country the size of Finland as a comparison to the United States. It is completely laughable.