•  The 1967 Constitutional Convention’s Proposed Legislative Amendment on Education attempted to replace the 1894 Amendment. The Amendment “…requires the legislature to establish and define a system of higher education encompassing public and private schools by programs which may include free tuition, grants, fellowships and scholarships.  http://nyconstitution.org/proposed-amendment/education/1967-constitutional-convention-amendment-constitutional-status-public-h

• Tuition and student fees alone at SUNY’s community colleges now cost over $5000 per year and nearly $9000 per year for SUNY’s universities. CUNY’s costs are similar.

• In 2014, because of the high costs of the state’s public universities, 10,230 New York residents went to other states’ public universities.

• Norway, Sweden Finland, Slovenia, Germany and Brazil have free tuition for public universities.

• By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs—compared to 28 percent in 1973—will require some form of postsecondary education. Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020, –Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

• For 11 of the 15 fastest growing occupations, some level of postsecondary education is typically required for entry. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.nr0.htm

• Sixty percent of employers report that candidates applying for jobs lack the necessary skills to fill available positions. http://www.achieve.org/files/MiddleSkillsJobs.pdf

• More than 85 percent of the nearly 73 million individuals who earned minimum wage or less in 2010 did not have a postsecondary degree — and nearly 60 percent had only a high school diploma or less. http://www.achieve.org/files/MiddleSkillsJobs.pdf