Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on 3A and 3B
On Oct. 2, 2015, the Denver Business Journal published an enlightening, albeit disturbing, article regarding the present conditions of the housing market in Eagle County. As a caveat, I use the word disturbing in the context of public education funding and teachers’ pay in Colorado. The following is an excerpt from the article I’ve referenced above:
“The nation’s least affordable housing market is Eagle County, home of the Vail ski area, according to a new report. According to a report by California housing data company RealtyTrac, in Eagle County, 138.5 percent of the average wage was needed to make monthly payments on an average priced home. That’s more than Brooklyn, New York (126.3 percent) and Marin County, California (119.3 percent).”
Given this information, and the grim reality of inadequate public school funding in Colorado, how can we expect to hire and retain good teachers in Eagle County? The single most important factor in a child’s education is high-quality teaching. If the best teachers available cannot afford housing in Eagle County because of their low salaries and the highest housing costs in the nation, they will not choose to locate here. Even if they do decide to take a chance and move here, they will not choose to remain here for very long due to the exorbitantly high cost of living coupled with low wages for teachers.
Our children deserve to be educationally competitive with the rest of the nation, and the world. With this relatively modest goal in mind, we must come together and support Ballot Questions 3A and 3B.