Puerto Rico Economic Pulse ©

June 2007: Brains on the Go

A new public policy faces educational challenges

How far is Puerto Rico from becoming a Bio-Island? A new public policy is geared to taking PR in that direction. But, is PR equipped with the basic educational endowments needed for this new development phase? Educational outcomes indicate there is a wide gap between our current educational level and the state’s policy goal. Proficiency levels in Math and Science tests are low. Reducing high school dropouts and the need to increase the skills of labor are essential ingredients if PR wants to get ahead in the race for high quality education. This edition of Economic Pulse analyzes how biotechnology and R&D can work if education plays center stage in the island’s economy.