Public education should be a top priority in the federal budget. Too much money is currently being allocated to charter schools to privatize education. Private charter schools exist for profit and for proselytizing, and the quality of children's education is often sacrificed as a result. Many private charter schools hire un-certified teachers, offer teachers little job security and poor compensation, and provide fewer opportunities for students. Elected officials must work with teachers' unions to assure that teachers are fairly compensated and necessary conditions exist to provide students with a sound education. Those who are fortunate enough to graduate high school and go to college often do so while putting themselves in tremendous debt. Not only is this immoral, it is economically irresponsible. When such a large contingent of the population is saddled with debt, consumers have less buying power, and the entire economy suffers. Federal funding should be provided to make sure everyone can attend college at an affordable rate and graduate without debt.