As for your old texts and computers, my heart bleeds. So what if your monitor was black and white, as long as you aren't doing art who cares. Old text books, so what? I had old text books as well. Fact is the older text books were better for learning the new ones were just pretty. In my opinion we would save a ton of money if we just stopped buying big, glossy, mugger beater, books and stuck with basic paperbacks with all the pertinent info. Each student could have their own and last I checked Math hasn't changed in over a millennia and English in over a century. All new text books do is encourage you to open them as little as possible so that you won't be fined for any damage done while using them at the end of the year.
This fuss over the accountability standards is a power scream and nothing else. The teachers union and federal organizations don't want to lose the power they have gained in the last 35 years and nothing more. There is no legitimate competition anymore so there is no incentive to do better. Take the money and give it to the parents to send the kids wherever they want. That way there would be full accountability for results. A school sucks? The parents who care will go somewhere else. Perhaps the fact that home schooled children consistently score in the top of the nation will be a wake up call as to how little children are actually learning in school.
"No child Left Behind"? Maybe not but it is a far cry from the old rallying cry, "No standard is too low if it allows every student to pass."