What’s more dangerous: a nation full of science illiterates or a nation with one less aircraft carrier?
If you read one thing today (and I really, really hope you do much more) make it this article. The importance of science literacy in the U.S. spans a huge number of fields, not to mention a major economic requirement.
I think you have to increase the budget to allow for better paid teachers. No amount of ideology and training will sufficiently motivate the shift in education priorities if legislatures like Florida’s are seemingly against proper science education.