The easy answer to this is more of an essay question response, not a true/false or multiple choice. There is no private option for cops. In education, we basically have 3 choices: Public Gov't school, private school, or home school. In the absence of a public school and public teachers, could a civilized society still function and educate it's young? Of course. Would it be harder for poor people to do it? Maybe. Maybe not. And 2nd, anyone is capable of teaching their own kid. There isn't really much holding a person back from educating their own kid. Its all a mental task, of teaching, etc. And I respect those that do it well. Police work, however, is not one in which there are options. We dont have the choice of opting out of being policed by our local, state, federal cops. We can't say "Mayberry Police Dept sucks, I instead choose to be policed by Podunk Police Dept". Not how it works. For countless reasons, and there is no private police option. It would be logistically impossible for a Blackwater-style private police organization to move into a town and police it. Why? Well, obviously, they'd be at odds with local cops. Next, who gets coverage? Do they only protect the people who pay? Do laws apply to a home that didn't pay? Would it be mandatory (taxed) from citizens to pay? If you are murdered, but didn't pay, does yours get investigated? It would never work. The ONLY option for law enforcement is the government option. Police-for-profit or policing for commission is the #1 way to attract massive corruption, as false charges and entrapment would run rampant for making profit, rather than the isolated incidents we see now of it. So in the grand scheme, I say police funding is more important than teacher funding simply because there is no other option to accomplish the task of policing a community that the police department. We aren't Mexico. We can't have cartels or corporate security at odds with local cops, shooting it out in the streets when they don't agree. In fact, I'm shocked that left wingers do not support school vouchers more, as that would lower the stress on public schools by having fewer students per teacher, AND allow poor people to make decisions on where they want to spend their money to send their kids, AND it would hold public schools accountable since they'd have to perform or lose students. Thats the quickest way to root out lazy teachers is competition.