"Home Prices Drive Down Enrollment"
The inevitable population shift is commencing in un-affordable California. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports the effects on the local school district. "The most evident reason why enrollment continues to fall is that many parents feel they no longer can afford to live here, said Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Alan Pagano."
"'The local economic conditions, which unfortunately have not substantially calmed down, make it so people literally can’t afford to live, work or send their kids to school'. The district retained 94 percent of its students living in more costly homes, but only 55 percent of those living in more affordable housing."
"And the problem is not unique to Santa Cruz. Jack O’Connell, the state’s superintendent of schools, said about 40 percent of the state’s districts are showing declining enrollment."