We hear all too often about how there just is not enough dollars to devote to public schools and education. But we have dedicated taxes (usually in the form of surprisingly high property taxes), general fund taxes, and funding from the federal government. But some states (plus the District of Columbia) use the old con game "If we allow a state lottery, it will benefit the schools." We get the lotteries, and the jackpots build up to the hundreds of millions of dollars. So, where are all these dollars? Almost every state (and the district) are claiming that there's barely enough money to pay the already-way-too-low teacher salaries, and no money at all to maintain facilities, even those with lotteries. I'm at a loss. After I post this, I'll start drafting my letters to the state boards of education to ask them very specific question concerning funding. Any of our distinguished members here have any comments?