If a student didn't pass 4th grade math, I'd make them take it in summer school. There would be class levels, not grades; so one student may be in 6th grade math and 3rd grade English. They'd have to pass all levels of all classes to graduate. I'd teach government and ethics to all grade levels; it wouldn't be one class you take in high school. I'd have independent study for all grade levels as well. I'd get rid of approved reading lists for book reports. I'd make the last hour of the school day tutoring time, so students could get a jump on their homework and help on the tough stuff. Since I'm the new dictator of education, we'd have limitless funding. So I'd have more field trips and I'd send a computer home with every student, who would also have school-funded high-speed internet.