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EDUCATION: Cut university coaches’ salaries

Letter by Meighan A. Zimmerman, University Place on Jan. 19, 2012 at 10:31 am | 11 Comments »
January 19, 2012 10:52 am

The idea that the state government threatens to decrease the budget for basic education and levy equalization in our state for K-12 students while the University of Washington pays football coaches $400,000 to $1.9 million per season is deplorable.

I tallied the five highest paid coaches in Washington state and, if their salaries were dropped to $400,000 per year, the savings would be over $3 million. The university’s president makes $550,000, so why should one coach make almost four times that of the boss?

Professional athletes make large salaries due to their short career lifespan, but coaches are capable of working well into normal retirement years. I do respect the work that coaches do and the enthusiasm and exposure a good team brings to a university, but I don’t believe it is a responsible use of state funds (the people’s money) to pay coaches beyond a half-million dollars a year.

Just think of all the Washington state K-12 kids who could be better educated and more qualified for college level coursework or all the tuition adjustment that might assist middle-income students to receive a university education by simply switching our budget priority to building brains instead of brawn.

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