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Marcellus Shale Gas Development: What Does It Mean for Pennsylvania Schools?

Posted: March 18, 2012

Latest research brief on challenges and opportunities associated with Marcellus shale development as perceived by educational leaders

The rapid development of natural gas extraction has profound impacts on many communities.  This new fact sheet looks at local challenges and implications they may have for schools.  Surveys  were sent to  high school principals and directors and Career and Technology Center (CTC) directors within the Marcellus shale region, and interviews with focus groups were held to obtain information.  Four broad areas in which schools may see direct effects as a result of natural gas development were determined:  school demographics, student outcomes and workforce development; effects on local roads and transportation; and broader community services and infrastructure.   A comparison of perceptions of school district leaders in areas with high drilling activity to those in areas with lower drilling activity were examined.
The fact sheet does provide all questions asked on the survey as well as the results separated by respondents in areas with lower drilling activity, areas with higher drilling activity, and CTC respondents. Besides the results, implications for school leaders on each broad area are provided.  The complete fact sheet may be viewed here.