This thread was influenced by Sister Medusanegrita. She is right there is not much discussion on the public school...Why is that? Does no one care? Public schools are closing everywhere, all over the country. Teachers are on strike, budget cuts, classes are jammed packed with kids, and too many days off. Kids are literally being pumped out of schools. Children who still have not received the full amount of credits required to graduate are still receiving their high school diplomas. Teachers being hired don't even have the proper degrees to teach. Books are not up-to-date. And school programs such as, after school programs, sports, music classes are being cut. Teachers and parents have little interaction or involvement with each other to discuss the needs for the students. I can say from my own experiences in being enrolled in Private School and Public schools there is a HUGE difference in the education system. For one obvious reason, money. Private schools are funded individual. Tuition that is paid for that student goes directly into the school the child is attending. The parent sees where the tuition is going. Public schools funding comes from tax payers and is widely distributed through out the state to ALL the public schools. However, one may not see where this money is going. A small example would be like having 20 people and having $1000 and dividing it 20 ways. Still not enough money. The problem is that not everyone can afford Private schools. But what if it was required that Parents would have to pay some monetary amount to the school their child attended each year? It would go directly to that school. State Taxes would still go to Teachers, but the rest would be towards school supplies, books, food, programs. I'm just throwing some suggestions out there. What are some of yours?