I've got a spouse as a teacher who is overwhelmed with paperwork designed to provide "data" . . . and nothing else. A program statewide that robs HOURS of classroom time and time to grade essays that might give struggling students more time to turn around their grades. To top it off, the schools are encouraged to "market" themselves as a block against threatened charter schools. If instructional time was put front and center, instead of the top-down "programs" purchased with wasted taxpayer dollars designed to cull meaningless "statistics", any threat from charter schools, and more importantly, genuine improvement in student scores, would follow naturally.