Education: Saving an Island School

TIME Boston Correspondent Philip Taubman took a trip down East recently to explore a special kind of depopulation problem. His report:

Trouble came to tiny Cliff Island, Me., on the second Tuesday in September last year. Residents of the wooded rock in Casco Bay were saddened but not surprised to hear what happened when Johanna von Tiling took attendance in the one-room schoolhouse that has nestled in the thick maples and spruce for 100 years. She counted seven students. A Maine law designed to discourage inefficient small schools requires a minimum of eight for...

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