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Mar 24, 2014 11:33AM

Maybe if Louisiana teachers and staff worried more about academics and less about school dress code, and being hell bent southern power authorites , we would be on the "best" list. But the "good ole south" it will never happen. Fear the rulers!

Mar 19, 2014 11:07AM
What about California?  Per-student expenditure is among the highest, but most of it ends up in the hands of corrupt union fatcats.  Illegal aliens, legal immigrants with limited English proficiency and widespread poverty drive down test scores and academic performance.  Average class size is among the highest.  Teacher salaries are among the highest, but labour disputes are rampant and hinder performance, and teacher turnover is high. 
Mar 19, 2014 10:47AM
How did Maryland make second best?  If they are rating private & charter schools with them, then that is what is probably saving their ranking.  I have been shocked at what passes for a good education in a public school in this state.  You won't do your homework...no problem!  Don't want to do your classwork?...no problem!  You still get A honor roll status....(this is not a joke or over exaggeration.  Very serious about this.).  I have been even more surprised at what it takes to fail a kid.  It is almost impossible.  Just because 78.6% graduated, doesn't mean 78.6% should have.
Mar 19, 2014 7:58AM
Does anyone know what town in Vermont that picture was taken?
Feb 27, 2014 6:29PM
I believe the article to be true I have lived down here in Floridaa for the last five years I thought I was dumb no the people here and from here are the dumbest and stupid people I have ever seen.
Feb 23, 2014 3:35PM
So why don't we see the destruction of schools in Democrat run places like Detroit and Washington D.C. mentioned here?  It is because the writer of this story had his liberal agenda and has no intention on doing anything other than to smear Republican states!  I am sure that there are many parents in Detroit who would LOVE to send their kids to schools in West Virginia!
idaho is the worst in the country.. wonder why it's not on here.

Feb 12, 2014 4:02AM
The state as a whole may spend that much on students but it's not broken down per district. North Jersey schools fare far better than south because that's where the money is and in South Jersey the wealthier communities are better as well.
Feb 11, 2014 11:55AM

I went to a public school that gave us off every time it snowed, an inch & and a 2 hour delay if it was below 32! THATS why I can't spell read or write, along with "check spelling" @ the bottom of this page.  


Feb 11, 2014 9:52AM
And did some of you miss the fact that it is stated the money is not evenly distributed. It isn't any kind of rocket science or great discovery that a much smaller piece  of the pie goes to the poorest areas.
Feb 11, 2014 9:36AM
Feb 11, 2014 8:58AM
It is not always about money--Louisiana spends over 12,000 per student--near the 13,000 that several of the top states spend per student--I think it has more to do with the % of monorities that are often poor and come from single parent homes----Vermont is 95.4% white--Mississippi is 59% white--New Hampshire is 94% white--Louisiiana is 63% white--now before everyone jumps me about being a racist--let's look at some truly sad facts-- about 69% of blacks are born out of wedlock--(this number has been going down for blacks and up for Hispanics and whites)---A single parent can do a great job of raising a child but when you add that they are poor it becomes a up hill battle--sadly a big percentage of the single mothers in Mississippi/Ala/La  are black and poor--now in West Virgnia they are poor and white and have the same sad future--you want to blame someone you blame dead beat dads that are not there for their children or the babies mothers.  It is very not fair to compare a state like Vermont to Mississipi--I promise you if they would take all the politicains from Vermont and place them in Mississippi they could not do any better.
Feb 11, 2014 8:43AM
If you made current high school graduates take a 1970 SAT test, they wouldn't get into community college.
Feb 11, 2014 8:26AM

One might note that there is no direct correlation between dollars spent per student and the success of the schooling .Additionally the amount spent for administrative "services" in most school systems is laughable .Administrators simply build kingdoms which have  little to do with education.

When you look at the quality of education received before the 70's and compare it today the decrease in quality is appalling.

To the individual who thinks the US medical system  is 20 yrs. behind Canada or Europe. I am frankly astounded that anyone who is able to access the internet and has the information available on can reach such an obviously erroneous conclusion. I am forced to believe the writer must have voted for Obama.

Feb 11, 2014 8:21AM
Yes, Mississippi is at the bottom of the list w/ respect to measurable outcomes. It is a high poverty state.  The top scoring states have relatively few minorities and their poverty rates are much lower than the southern states. So...what do you make of this?  Move?  Students from stable, income-producing  families in Mississippi get a very good education.   In the end, it's about the families, not the school districts.  
Feb 11, 2014 8:14AM

Schools are failing.

Students have mastered electronic games and cell phones.

But, they cannot think independently.

This was proved in both November 2008 and 2012.

America is FUBAR !!!!!

Feb 11, 2014 8:12AM
No country spends anywhere near the amount of money per child as the US does and yet countries that spend significantly less still out preform us. More money, more money, more money is OBVIOUSLY not the answer even if idiots are dumb enough to believe that it is. Too much of the money we spend gets tied up in red tape and waste. We send our money to Washington so they can waste a third of it and send us the rest back with stipulations on how we can spend it.

Abolish the Department of Education, take our children's futures out of the hands of bureaucrats and give them back to the educators. Demand similar action at the state level, 21 states now have more "administrators" in their education systems than they do teachers!
Feb 11, 2014 8:11AM
All states have some good schools and some bad schools.  Moving into a certain state guarantees nothing-- you have to pick a district, and in some districts you have to pick a certain part only.

Then there is the matter of what makes a good school, something on which most never agree:

Lack of poor kids?
Test scores?
Word of mouth?  Probably a good one.

Try this: find a high school that gets well above-average scores but is in an area where below-average scores are expected, where a large number of kids go to a university afterward even though only a small number is expected.  Park yourself in that attendance area and put your kids in its feeder schools and high school.

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