It’s getting to be that time of the year when we look forward to getting the Christmas tree out of the living room, wadding up the last of the paper that wrapped presents and settling in for what is really, really important.

The College Football Playoffs.

Four teams are in the first games on New Year’s Eve.  Clemson will play the University of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl; while the University of Alabama will play Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.

And two of these states, Alabama and Oklahoma, have something else in common other than college football teams.

Between 2008 and 2014, they cut funding for K 12 education more than any other states in the nation.  According to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities state general funding  per student, dropped 24.2 percent in Oklahoma and 17.3 percent in Alabama.

A look around the South shows cuts in Louisiana of 1.4 percent; Georgia of 1.8 percent; Arkansas of 2.5 percent; Florida of 2.6 percent; South Carolina of 5.8 percent and Mississippi of 9 percent.  Tennessee increased funding by 2.8 percent during this same period.

There is probably a lesson somewhere in this info.  You can decide what it may be.