Public school enrollment has dropped from a peak of 250,000 in 1975 and is predi
Public school enrollment has dropped from a peak of 250,000 in 1975 and is predicted to drop dramatically to just over 180,000 by 2010, with a possible 30 percent drop from this year's enrollment in Washington County. Although some towns, like Scarborough and Falmouth, are seeing increases, many rural towns in the oldest and whitest state in the country are facing steep declines. Jim Rier, policy director for the state Department of Education, is carrying this message throughout the state, but Eastport School Board chair Paula Bouchard says the state is using scare tactics to get smaller schools to consolidate, an outcome she vows to fight.
Clark, Jeff, "Public school enrollment has dropped from a peak of 250,000 in 1975 and is predi" (2005). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 2849.