200 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0200
Unfortunately, America does not have a strong social force with the goal of significantly improving the state of the public education. Individual parents and student would like to have strong public schools, do not represent a social force/movement. Teachers do represent a social force in teh form of unions, but those don't have such a goal as improving the quality of teaching; their main goal is to ensure the job security. Various research groups have no interest beyond publishing the results of their research and competing for the grants in the field of education (this group, however, does not aim much of the effort on the development of the fundamental science of education). The government is dependent on the activities of the research groups, and hence aims the most of the effort on keeping the status quo in the field. Various philanthropic organizations are focused on making local improvements in the immediate future.
Of course, the description above is rather simplistic, but it is sufficient as the model which grasps the essence of the current state in the field of reforming public education.
The only practical and strong social force which is left is the Army.
When the facts had shown that the levels of water in the oceans are rising, the Army did not get into the debates about climate change. The Army started solving the problem of protecting its properties endangered by that rise (and more).
Now the Army experiences another type of a problem - the rising shortage of prepared recruits.
I hope that (eventually) the Army takes the solution of this problem in its own hands.
And then the other parts of the public education system will slowly begin changing to the better, because there will be an example of how it can be done on a large scale.
And the right approach does not require pouring millions of dollars into unnecessary "research".
The paragraph below comes from another post on the matter.
The links to all six my applications to the NSF 2026 Big Idea Machine (from August 31, 2018 to October 26, 2018):
1. Entry125253: High Frequency Data Streams in Education
2. Entry124656: objective measures of physics knowledge
3. Entry125317: National database teacher PD
4. Entry124655: role of NSF in funding education
5. Entry125719: The new type of a science course for science teachers.
6. Entry126205: The development of the uniform standard for measuring content knowledge in physics.