So, you think you have heard everything? Jeff Bryant, while writing an article about the St. Louis public schools learned how the state of Missouri has underfunded the schools and he discovered that as the city 'gentrifies', they want young childless couples because parents of school age children are a burden to the budget. "A slide show titled “How the City Makes & Spends Money,” laid out a hierarchy of those who “make money” for the city at the top and those who cause the city to “spend money” at the bottom. At the top of were businesses. In the middle were residents with no children and retirees. And at the very bottom – the city dwellers who place the biggest financial burden on government – were “criminals and residents with children in public school.” "Missouri is one of 27 states that spends less on education than it did in 2008.". Does America want to educate its children?