Sunday, March 01, 2009

Financing Brain Drain

Pennsylvanians are debating whether or not to cut Governor's Schools of Excellence program:

The advocates say the kids who are awarded scholarships to one of the schools in this program are given a boost over gifted students in other states and represent Pennsylvania when they go on to greatness.

Others point out that these gifted people usually leave the state and rarely return the investment made in them. In other words, the state is financing its own brain drain.

If that's the only argument against it, then I say keep the funding and figure out how to get a return on that investment in the talent that leaves the state. When will our political geography catch up with the economic geography?

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