Good luck sorting out who’s culpable to what degree: educrats enforcing the rules and doing their part in the system, so they can get their secure salaries and bennies; officials elected and unelected who encrust the system with more regulations every year; voters who put them there and continue to elect profligate officials; citizens who pay their taxes to make it all possible, because to resist would have financial and legal repercussions too terrible to consider seriously; citizens who put their children in these puppy mills, rather than go to the unprofitable bother of homeschooling. (Got to churn out that extra income, kiddies — see ya!)
Yes, the educrats are contemptible, but the buck doesn’t stop there. Anybody in the game, in any position, would do well to look in the mirror — and maybe then they’ll think about getting out.
That’s why it is called the education-industrial complex. It’s about jobs, not about educating children.