This article details the frustrations teachers and parents face when state politics and faulty funding distribution formulas functionally run the educational environment instead of real need. One parent at an Education Cost Sharing Task Force Meeting in Bridgeport, Connecticut, stated:
I have never heard a judge say to someone who committed a crime, `sorry we don’t have money to lock you up.’ Why is it then, that when a child says he wants an education, we say, `we don’t have money to give’? We are telling kids, `you can go to jail, but not to Yale.’ And there are kids in Bridgeport who don’t even know that Yale is in Connecticut.
From the Washington Post’s Education Page article: How underfunding schools really hurts kids – The Answer Sheet – The Washington Post