January 28, 2010 8:15AM

Less Is More in Education Funding

Spend more money on education, the President says? Actually, we should be looking there for savings … here are some of the numbers:

State governments spent 35 percent of their general funds on K – 12 education in 2007, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. In contrast, Medicaid — which is continually singled out as a problematic state‐​budget item, even though most Medicaid funds come from the federal government — accounted for just 17 percent of general‐​fund expenditures. Combined, state and local governments spend 27 cents of every dollar they collect on public K – 12 education system, but only 8 cents on Medicaid.