Great news on your kids MLoe. But Public schools are a HUGE problem in America. California Public Schools are a perfect example of this as they have declined for the past 30 years, Once at the top of the list, now worse than mediocre.
Of course, we can disagree on this but I sit on two college boards and have been on the Board of trustees for a school district for years. Its harder and harder to find qualified high school graduates for math and science majors.
I would add that I agree with you about STEM but the reall issue is much deeper. Public School teachers are not capable of keeping math and science classes meaningful for kid in middle school.
No algebra by the time you hit high school and STEM is just another tool that students do not use.
Bringing in Private Business to help is great, but that means education standards (Previously controlled by the Dpt of Education) must be amended to allow curriculum input.
Like every other nation I visit, we need to secure our borders.
We can argue about the defense budget, that's a function of capability vs reasonable threats.
PS sorry about the typos...on a portable.
We learnt the basics of algebra and trig in the 6th grade... shows you how far in the hole we have fallen in just 35 yrs
then again, our schools have been run by libs... and what have liberals EVER done well, other than whine?