I'd say all solutions are local as well.
What I'd like most is to see is the promotion of choice, alternatives, and local control.
As for those who don't graduate. I tend to think that most people have a reasonably good grasp on the facts of their own lives. Making it *much* easier for people to *both* leave school and return to school and the school environment (the equivalent of Students Older Than Average in colleges, who participate in campus life as much as anyone else) and the availability of technical education in a *non* high school type environment for students who think school is lame and just want to start working, would be a good idea.
But we've decided that all young people must endure (and I use the word "endure" on purpose) the same education in the same sequence with the same overall goal.
Can you *really* say that the students who feel that they are wasting their time in high school are wrong about that? We can be sad that their time is wasted and wish that they were motivated and getting something out of it, but they *aren't*.