A local blogger at the Sierra Foothills Report claims that our wackadoodle politics is inhibiting Millennials from considering Nevada County as a relocation destination.
We are falling behind in economic development, including drawing college-educated millennials and attracting and retaining young families from the rest of California, including — God forbid! — the Bay Area. Wackadoodle politics do not interest them. This a pragmatic issue, not an ideological one.
In my view, it is far more than politics that is inhibiting Millennials from seeking jobs and homes in Nevada County. The cost of housing is well outside the economics of most Millennials unless both partners are employed, but that is not how they see their parenting responsibilities.
Millennials will put their kids ahead of their careers.Young, well-educated young mothers and fathers, will find a way to balance their career expectations against their parental responsibilities. Millennials who have already shown willingness to decouple identity from work.
… [Y]oung parents leverage their expectation of job mobility to enjoy alternating periods of working and staying home, or working from home. The direct implication is that there will be more sharing of responsibilities, including shopping, cleaning and child care …
Given this focus on their children, Millennials will move to communities with strong highly rated schools — not Nevada County.
Nevada County Schools are no longer near the stop in academic standing, with academic rankings sliding from past highs in the late 1990s. In 2013 Nevada County seventh grade math students are ranked 37th, tied with Napa County. On the upside third grade readers are ranked 7th, tied with Alameda and Contra Costa. Nevada County has the highest graduation rate, ranked as #1. The problem is these students are ranked against other students in California which are not performing well when compared to the national averages, in fact, California Schools are at the bottom of the educational barrel.
The 2013 STAR testing standard ranges from 200 to 1000. Schools scoring less than 800 are required to come up with a correction plan to get back to 800. Eleven out of 18 of Nevada County K-8 schools had scores less than 800. More than half of the schools are not performing. Some schools have been on the list for three years, and could be closed for poor performance.
Nothing to be bragging about to Millennia families thinking about moving to Nevada County.
It is more than “waskadoodle”politics that are inhibiting Millennials from coming to western Nevada County, as claimed by our blogger at the Sierra Foothills Report.