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ERIC Number: EJ792515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
Please Come to New England: Slow Growth Spells Trouble for Local Schools
Francese, Peter
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v17 n2 p13-14 Fall 2002
New England may be the wealthiest region in the United States, but it is also the oldest and slowest-growing, and among the least diverse. These peculiar demographic characteristics combined with New England's history of heavy reliance on local governments suggest future problems for the region's educational systems. Since most public schools in New England are financed principally by local property taxes, any decline in the income of homeowners, and by extension, their ability or willingness to pay rising property taxes, is a serious matter. There is little doubt that in most New England communities, an aging population will make it more difficult to finance high-quality elementary and secondary public education. This could have equally serious consequences for higher education in New England because if school districts are forced to spend less, fewer high school graduates may be prepared for college-level course work. Perhaps what New England needs is a turnaround marketing plan. The region's colleges and universities should work in partnership with the six state governments to execute a coordinated, well-financed marketing program. This might include using the World Wide Web and other vehicles to recruit more young people to attend college or graduate school in New England and enlisting New England employers to convince a larger share of them to stay in the region to work. The long-term objective should be to bring up household income and bring down the rising median age. This will require more than just advertising economic opportunities available in New England. It will also mean addressing a few of the issues, such as lack of affordable housing, that hurt New England's competitiveness. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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