Study Explores Marcellus Shale Gas Development and Impacts on Pennsylvania Schools and Education

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The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study, the third looking at impacts on Pennsylvania schools and education.

The rapid development of natural resources resulting in sudden economic expansion and the influx of new people to meet new labor market needs is commonly referred to as “boomtown” development.

While this economic activity may be welcomed by many, especially in areas that have experienced longer term economic stagnation, these sudden community changes can also place new and unexpected strains on local infrastructure and institutions.

One such institution is the local school.  What are the impacts on schools under boomtown-like conditions?  What is the effect on student demographics?  How do enrollments change?  Do new populations of workers bring with them new populations of students, and, if so, what are the challenges and opportunities for local schools?

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