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ExcelinEd Report: Baby boomer retirement, student enrollment, and the future of North Carolina education

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Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Mebane attended Irwin Elementary, First Ward Elementary, McClintock Middle, and East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1990 and the UNC School of Law in 1993. At the UNC School of Law, she was a member of the North Carolina Law Review.… Read full bio »

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One response to “ExcelinEd Report: Baby boomer retirement, student enrollment, and the future of North Carolina education”

  1. Kristopher Nordstrom says:

    Dr. Ladner presents a deceptive scare-story of future budget constraints in order to push an agenda that does not necessarily improve North Carolina’s budget situation.

    First, his analysis of the age-dependency ratio ignores future productivity gains in order to make his story sound scarier than it is. Due to productivity gains, those working-age folks “pushing the cart” in 2030 will be richer in real terms compared to the working-age folks pushing the cart today. In other words, they will be able to afford to carry more folks in their cart than today’s workers. Will productivity gains completely off-set the increased demographic burden? I don’t know. But Ladner is telling a deliberately misleading story by ignoring the role of productivity in his analysis.

    Second, his solutions do nothing to address the problem he has identified. School voucher programs and ESAs do not necessarily lead to budget savings. It all depends on how the program is structured. In it’s current form, North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program costs the State money.

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