public school, teachers

The year prior to my son starting kindergarten was spent calling and visiting schools, websites and parents--and agonizing over whether or not to go to a public school. Will it measure up to a charter or private school? Will they offer cool things like music and dance? Will we feel like a family instead of a number?

An independent/private school--if we could figure out where the money would come from--wasn't going to take a 4 1/2 year old anyway. So when we didn't get in by lottery to the charter school we loved, the decision was made for us--public school it was. Well, it turned out to be a great choice. But where I live, it's clear that all public schools are not created equal. The best are stellar and the worst are totally s--t. it's all about what "district" you're in. That's why TinasTribe's question got my attention." How do you feel about the public education system in America? For me, it's really not a simple answer. 

How about for you?