Too many Maine students require remedial courses once they reach college, and too many are dropping out before they earn degrees.
That’s bad news for the state’s future economic prospects, Gov. Paul LePage writes in a guest column published June 6 in the New England Journal of Higher Education.
If we don’t have the educated workforce we need, our hopes of creating high-quality jobs in Maine and enticing them to come here will be greatly diminished.For many of our residents, that means the higher wages and healthier lifestyles that come with higher-skill jobs will be out of reach.
There’s no simple solution to this dilemma, but much of it depends on reforming our public education system so we can be sure the students we’re graduating are ready not only to enter college, but to succeed in college.