Two things have to change in order to make any significant progress. First, we must get rid of the notion that spending more money per student will resolve the problem. It clearly will not. The highest cost per student systems in the country are in Washington DC and Detroit. No one can argue that those systems should be emulated.
The second idea is that the goal is to push every kid through college. The number of college students taking remedial college makes that a joke. It would be cheaper and just as effective to just everyone a college degree without wasting money requiring that they actually go to school.