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College Cuts Yield Bitter Harvest

In a Lewiston Tribune editorial, Marty Trillhaase uses information provided by Idaho Kids Count and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities to report how hard legislators leaned on colleges to balance the state budget:

  • In six years, Idaho's spending per student had dropped by $3,857 (inflation adjusted). Only four states - Louisiana, Hawaii, New Mexico and Alabama - withdrew more money from higher education.
  • Idaho's level of support declined 36.8 percent per student - the sixth worst in the U.S., behind only Arizona, Louisiana, South Carolina, Oregon and Alabama.
  • After cutting programs and class offerings - which often meant students took longer to graduate - Idaho raised tuition at four-year schools by 28.5 percent. Only 18 states - including Washington (ranked sixth) raised tuition more. Full Editorial here.

Question: And you wonder why so much of our best and brightest leave the state to go to college?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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