Schools in Minnesota now want to charge teachers for the electricity they use in their classrooms for personal appliances such as coffer makers and mini-fridges. Some teachers have responded with the obvious:

We bring papers home to grade and we don't charge the district for electricity at home.

Pretty soon teachers may have to pay rent for their classrooms. How come schools can't just operate like the Federal government--spend all the money they need and don't worry about where it comes from? I'm not really advocating this, but it might be a useful short term solution to get people to start paying attention to high cost of education.