but the recent proposal to shift the burden of education to the local municipalities, is just insane.
I don't know how all the states fund education, but back when I was growing up in California, much of the funding came from property taxes raised from within the individual school districts. All of that, of course, was rapidly drying up due to a hackneyed "tax revolt" referendum called Proposition 13 which passed in '79 which froze people's property taxes at 1979 levels.
Meanwhile, possibly due to the deteriorating public education system, especially in the inner cities, new prisons began to sprout like mushrooms in a cow pasture after a rainstorm, and no matter how many new prisons they built, there was never enough room for all the new inmates who kept getting sentenced under the increasingly tougher mandatory minimums and three-strikes laws designed to combat rising crime in the inner cities.
Now, if only they had funded the damn schools instead...