Overnight, North Dakota's population has changed from rapidly aging and shrinking in numbers to swift growth and more working-age adults and families. By all accounts, this is a long-term trend. This influx of people to fuel energy development provides a vivid reminder that economic development requires human capital. Investing in human capital strengthens the economy, families, communities, and state. Smart investments in education throughout the lifespan are essential to ensure that this one-time harvest of oil will create a lasting harvest of prosperity and vitality.
We have the opportunity to lead the nation in education -- a sound public policy goal and wise investment that pays huge dividends.