I have a co-worker who just moved to the area. He's sending his kids to a private school, because the local school system can't handle his kids. It's not that his kids are ill-behaved, they're just four to five grades ahead in their education. Literally. His son is reading at about four grade levels above his own.
Anyway, he's looking for a private school, he finds one that has the classes, teachers and resources to teach his very intelligent kids, he enrolls his kids, and he's going to pay $1,400 a year for his kid's education.
Let me say that again. One thousand, four hundred dollars a year. To attend a private school that is leaps and bounds beyond the public school. Would you like to guess how much money Wisconsin wastes per student? The last data from 2004-2005 says it was $11,044 on average. Which means that for a little over ten percent of the state average dollar amount, my co-worker's kid is getting a much better education.
So with that in mind, check out this Instapundit post about how people are getting ready to howl about
"cuts" in education. I say cut it all. I can think of very few reasons why we would want the Department of Education to exist, and the damage it does to children all over the country is immeasurable.