- incredibly ineffective and top-heavy administration. Part of this is a result of an insistence that administration be made up of teachers. Teaching does not have the same set of skills that makes one a good manager, nor a good administrator, especially when managing budgets.
- a fear of, and mis-application of technology. We paid tens of millions of (tax) dollars to have all of the DPS schools wired for high-speed Internet access, have a very good LAN/WAN technology in place, and still use carbonless in 5 layers for routine paperwork instead of online form submission. HUGE waste of resources, especially given the money spend on warehousing all that crap
- incredible waste of money in operations, materials acquisition, and logistics. I can't even begin to do justice to the horrible waste of money that is seen in how textbooks are purchased and then squandered by school districts.
I could go on, but you get the jist.