About 4 years ago I researched the cost of education in Atlanta public schools versus the president's private alma mater in Hawaii, Punahou. All the financial data is readily available. The current total of local, state, and federal funds spent per student in Atlanta was approximately the same as the tuition at Punahou. Care to guess which students fared better? The notion that education quality is in any way proportional to the cost per student is a myth that needs to be retired now.