The answer to the funding of Education is very simple. Remove the “fat” from the curriculum – ie make the likes of algebra, English Prose & Poetry, Irish, etc optional extras. Reduce history to basic with more detailed an optional extra. Reduce(increase) languages to TEFL type standard where the emphasis is on speaking and grammar. I am not opposed to the “fat” but we cannot afford it at present. This should enable the cost of education to remain within budget while avoiding unecessary cuts in areas such as special needs etc.