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All “objective” measurement systems are subjective. The article rates New York as the third best state system in the country, but they can only get to middle of the pack on their primary objective: actual success of their students. However, Governor Andrew Cuomo has argued that this funding has not necessarily led to higher achievement in the classroom, and the grade of C- for student achievement, ranked in the middle of all states, backs that assertion. Also, look at Arkansas’ last sentence: Despite some impressive scores, Arkansas ranked well below the majority of states in chance for success, K-12 achievement and school finances.
This would remind me of an Edsel car review: the engine is crap and you’ll hate the look, but by golly look at that lovely paint!
This article’s metrics are useless except to reinforce the authors’ pet projects.
The US school systems are a tragic mess. Rural districts suffer from waste, underfunding (due to poor tax bases), and 100+ years of brain drain (both teachers and the general population). Urban public districts suffer from extreme corruption, top-heavy bureaucracies (years ago, NYC city required 6000+ administrators for its public school systems, while the Archdiocese of New York simultaneously required only 26 to run a system one-sixth as big), and significant student issues.
I personally believe that every single school in the US should be turned into a charter school, and that every student gets to carry their $8k to $11k of money with them to whatever school they want to attend. I don’t care if it’s run by Catholics, Jews, Muslims, or the Hare Krishnas, or is secular or even Richard Dawkins High. The public school systems should exist on the exact same system, and if they can compete in the marketplace, they stay open. If they can’t, then they close.
For places like Eastern Kentucky, Idaho, etc., this will also allow the return of mission schools. Young teachers can work off their grants with a few years of service “in the sticks”, and then try to get to a better environment. Groups like the Catholic Church and private charities can supplement local tax dollars with donations.
I am shocked that a left-leaning institution focused on grading states on such things as the portability of teacher pensions arrived at such conclusions. Shocked, I say!!
I guess it should also not shock me that a New York attorney would suggest that red states vote for conservatives cuz them folks are just too dumb to know any better. Oh well. I am a red state rube and can’t help it.