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*^%*ed up Priorities – Where Touchdowns are More Important than Teachers.

This is insane. My Emphasis added.

This is the microcosmic lesson of the University of Colorado’s recent decision to pay a new football coach $2 million a year. The move—and the reaction to it—is a perfect illustration of America’s values, or lack thereof.

To appreciate the story’s significance, consider the realities surrounding CU’s decision.

Like many public universities, CU is spending big money on sports while citing revenue shortfalls as a reason to raise tuition rates. Meanwhile, as in most states, Colorado politics is dominated by conservative rhetoric decrying the allegedly exorbitant pay of public employees. This agitprop is ubiquitous despite numerous studies showing that public employees make less than their private sector counterparts.

In that context, you might anticipate a harsh reaction to Colorado’s biggest university paying a public employee $2 million a year. And you’d almost certainly expect something other than approving silence in light of the school simultaneously taking out a loan to pay off the previous coach’s multi-million-dollar contract.

Why, for example, do so many say nothing about multi-million-dollar salaries for coaches while simultaneously decrying the multi-thousand-dollar salaries of the far more crucial public employees who teach our kids and protect our communities? Where is the criticism of coaches’ salaries from the same Fox News that this year slammed government employees, like firefighters, as “the true 1 percent”? And how are the same Republican leaders who decry public employee pay not making a stink about coaches, who are typically states’ highest-paid public employees?

As USA Today documented, major football schools in 2012 “increased their athletics expenses at a greater rate than they increased their overall institutional expenses” on education. Additionally, 93 percent of Division I athletic programs spend more money than they generate, meaning money for education is often subsidizing coaches’ multi-million-dollar salaries, not the other way around.

 

Go read the whole thing.

December 21, 2012 - Posted by | Politics | , ,

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