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School finance makes sense if we use our heads

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By The Staff

There are many places in the U.S wherea the value of education may seem abstract, but in Los Alamos that value is tangible. It can be seen and felt.

Education built this town and it remains one of the best educated population in the country. To cite a typical example, 60 percent of Los Alamos residents have bachelor’s degrees, compared to 24 percent in the country as a whole, according to the last census.

Even with hard choices in store for our community’s educational future, Los Alamos is more fortunate than most.

In the short term, the county’s breadwinner, Los Alamos National Laboratory, has just had its funding approved, barring a very improbable veto by President Obama in the next few days. The appropriation bill supports the lab on favorable terms for another year, with future prospects looking at the very least, reasonably steady for several years to come.

There are many worse situations, as we know, around our state and country. Michigan comes to mind on the national level, where a typical editorial on school finance is about how the “truth hurt and “whether we like it or not,” is the chilling introductory phrase for pulling the pins out from under a generation of students.


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