The real impact of OWS on the education reform debate will be to simply make people question their compliance in a system which only functions to close their neighborhood schools, and for parents and students to be more willing to resist. In particular, the spring testing season will be telling. It wouldn't take too much passive resistance to standardized testing (10%?) to throw the whole agenda into disarray. And telling your kids to simply not take the test (where there aren't official opt-out procedures) isn't as hard as sleeping in a wet park, getting shot in the head with a teargas cannister, etc. It is kind of a no brainer, really.
Also, Bruce Sterling's The Caryatids is probably more clear to most readers post-OWS.