Gov. Hickenlooper has announced proposed budget cuts for the state of Colorado Tuesday, and our future is dismal at best.
Two weeks ago, Tony Frank and each of the colleges presented two budgets to the university community: an optimistic one and a pessimistic one. The latest cuts are in-between the two scenarios, but leaning on the pessimistic side of things.
Coloradoâ€™s budget for higher ed got slashed $36 million, cutting it from $555 million to $516 million. In the pessimistic scenario, state funding dropped to $500 million and CSU would have to make a 10 percent cut. Weâ€™re left with what might be about an eight percent cut.
But this doesnâ€™t even compare to what K-12 got hit with: a $375 million slash. According to the Denver Post, each student would lose around $500.
Class sizes have been getting larger over the years, with classroom productivity and learning having gone down â€“â€“ made evident by Americaâ€™s ranking in world education.
With these budget cuts, teachers will be laid off, class sizes will be even larger and who knows what the learning rates will be. How are these students expected to even get into college with education funding decreasing at these rates?
That raises the question of taxes. Colorado citizens have protested for years that higher ed should be cut because they donâ€™t want taxes to raise and they think they shouldnâ€™t be paying for our education. But now, that protesting is affecting students across the state, not just those in college.
The only way that the education of Americaâ€™s students wonâ€™t dramatically decrease is for Colorado citizens to pay more taxes. That is a necessary raise for not only higher education, but so the productivity of the U.S. and accessibility to jobs doesnâ€™t further decrease.