I tend to agree, he talking out two sides of his mouth. You are either for public education or against, you cannot be for it and cut spending. You can look for improvements, make it more efficient, but if you say you are for it, you should not cut spending right off the bat,
You could however, defund the budget, declare bankruptcy in the department, get rid of the unions and start over with the ability to higher based on skills and ability. Force the system to perform it's main function, education. Not like the propagandist brainwashing babysitting service it has become.
That is if you believe in a tax paid public education system.