Our leaders all express concern over student debt. Condoleezza Rice said access to education is, ”the civil rights struggle of our day.” President Obama says we should tax “The Rich” to pay for Community College for the poor.
But has anybody bothered to ask the institutions of higher learning to explain their expenditures?
Earlier this week, Kansas University spokeswoman Errin Barcomb-Peterson announced that a seven-passenger Cessna Citation CJ4 was delivered Dec. 23 and has already been used on some school trips.
The exact price of the plane was not announced, but the purchase came from a grant that could not exceed $8.1 million. Keep in mind, this is the purchase price, not the use and maintenance costs.
It was stated that the planes are used for the University of Kansas Medical Center‘s medical outreach program for rural Kansas, administrators’ travel and athletic recruiting trips. It was not stated which of these uses took priority over the others or how a jet lands in small airports in rural areas.
For those of you that enjoy math, $8million would pay for nearly 2,000 semesters of tuition at Kansas University on the Lawrence campus.
Before we raise taxes or tuition, we might want to review expenses. Perhaps the cost of education could be lowered without lowering actual education.