While census data may tell you Colorado is one of the most educated states in the country, our track record shows that when it comes to funding higher education, weâ€™re just plain stupid.
And if we want to stay educated, itâ€™s time our voters wise up and start thinking about keeping the higher education past generations have cherished accessible to future ones.
In last yearâ€™s election, Colorado voters shot down Proposition 103 â€“â€“ a bill that would have generated $3 billion for K-12 and higher education via a small tax increase.
Weâ€™re ranked 48th in the nation in terms of higher education funding, and most students in state schools were faced with double-digit tuition increases last year, drastically increasing the financial burden of an education on students and families.
â€œLong term, our country will pay the price of putting the cost on students,â€ said CSU education professor Bill Timpson in a higher ed funding panel on Saturday.
CSU President Tony Frank, and many state legislators, agree that a tax increase is the only way to repair Coloradoâ€™s broken system of higher education funding.
And itâ€™s about time that Coloradoâ€™s voters get on-board with the experts, and start actually making some sacrifices to support Coloradoâ€™s higher education system.
After all, we may be one of the smartest states in the country right now, but if we keep putting education on the back-burner, we definitely wonâ€™t stay smart for too much longer.