sorry, I'm a bit late with this reply. I don't know if it's necessarily only about lack of funding, but something is awry with our education system. Perhaps it also has to do with the fact teachers are paid so little -- drawing maybe not the best of the bunch to the profession or overworking them so they can't perform as well. However, having a Swiss husband and spending a lot of time in that country and other parts of Europe, I am firmly of the opinion that the majority of at least western Europeans get a far, far better education than the average American, at earlier levels. I am in awe of the level of education someone without even a university degree has -- and that is an education that was public, available to anyone. I would also like to point out that the mere fact that we spend more than other countries per student does not mean we provide a better education. We also spend way more on health care than any other country but our citizens receive worse health care than those of most other developed countries. We also spend more on defense than most other developed countries combined, but we aren't really safer, mostly because of our insane foreign policy decisions like supporting Israel and creating horrible situations in countries like Iraq. In other words, it takes more than simply spending the money to be effective in any area.