Tax-funded (i.e. money stolen by force) schools are certainly not 'needed' at this point. Ask any home schooler--and that "movement" is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds!
And now, with Common Core, our "public" tax funded schools are going to get even worse! For those who don't know about Common Core you should research it.
Common Core will even further "dumb down" our children, will not make them more "college ready" (which is dubious these days anyway), will cost too much, and is the final power-grab to fully nationalize all the States' school systems. If you have a child or grandchild in school, they WILL be affected by this. Get involved and hold your administrators accountable--get OUT of Common Core!
If I knew then what I know now, you can bet all the gold (supposedly) in Fort Knox I would have never sent my kids to a district school--and I've even had a TEACHER in a local school district tell me that of her own children!!!