If private schools are privately funded, then yes, they do get their money from donors and attendees (or whatever religious organization hosts them). Maybe it's not true that they get 'enough' money, if that's what you're contesting, but it is true that the majority of their money comes from sources other than the government. Do you also have data to support that most religious private schools provide scholarships for 1/3rd of their attendance? I find that hard to believe that all private schools do this. Maybe a few might, but not most. I didn't state that money is the only problem. I simply said that it was one of the problems. And while public schools may spend more per student, remember that they still have a vastly different student body than the student body that attends private schools, who tend to have wealthier involved parents. Money can't buy a family who cares. No, my argument that public money should go to public schools is that public schools serve the entire public, who are the ones that taxes are being taken from. Money shouldn't be taken from the general public and used to serve a particular religious group that will likely spend at least some of its money for use in hiring religion teachers or funding religious activities.