southbeach1500 said a look at the compensation structure of the teachers and comparing it with the current private sector practices gives some very good ideas of how to reign in costs.
how does this support your point?
It speaks to the point that resources are not being allocated equitably.
Even if a teacher with a bachelor's starts now at $36k (it was 33.2 US avg in 2005 according to BLS), that money is just for 10 months a year. Plus there's about another month of holidays. In the private sector, someone would have to come out of school with a bachelor's making $43.2k to match that at 12 months and they're only getting a week or maybe two of vacation to start.
The average starting pay for anyone with a liberal arts bachelors is about $36,000 for 12 months worth of work, 17% less than teachers when matched up by the time put in for that money.
A teaching cousin of mine tells me she winds up after 30 years with a pension of $36k/year. The average SS check for a private individual is about $1100/month. For the private individual to make up for that $22,800/year shortfall, they'd have to save 25 x's that or $570,000 for a safe withdrawal rate of 4% to give them what teachers get.
Compounding at 5%, say in some municipal bonds to assure the money will be there, just like teachers are assured by our taxes, that private individual starting at $36,000 would have to save about $8,000/year.
So now the private individual has 36,000 minus taxes, minus $8k/year savings for retirement to live on 12 months a year, while the teacher has $36,000 which they got during just 10 months, freeing them up for part time work if they want for the other 2 months, and they don't get SS taxes withheld.
On top of which, the private individual also gets to pay his property taxes which pays for the inequitable unfairness which is advantaged to the public employee.