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Old 06-27-2009, 08:11 PM
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And lets not forget that even in neighborhoods zoned for bad schools, there are always private schools and privates aren't always expensive.

Old 06-27-2009, 08:21 PM
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The best public schools are in rural states with lots of Germans...Iowa, South Dakota, etc.
Old 06-27-2009, 09:30 PM
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Going by my links above Mississippi and Nevada would seem to be the worst.

Going by my Almanac those two states might also be the worst as test scores are fairly low and non-completion of high school high. Although Alabama and New Mexico might be about the same as Mississippi and Nevada by those two measures.

Arkansas actually does fairly okay. It has comparatively few college graduates according to epodunk, but that's likely a hangover from their past.

Granting there's variety within states, etc. Still parents I've known seemed to indicate much of Nevada is a weird/difficult place to raise kids.
Old 06-27-2009, 10:06 PM
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Originally Posted by Daytonnatian View Post
Generally, most regard Iowa as the best and Kentucky or W. Virginia as the worst.
Actually, Kentucky from the last smartest state rankings i know of ranked 31st. While Kentucky does lag behind i think there are much worse-off states.
Old 06-27-2009, 10:12 PM
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I have always heard that CT has the best schools overall. But, I don't know. I will say that I was VERY impressed by the citizens of Iowa. As a group, they seem educated from top to bottom of the social ladder. To me, that's what every state should strive to have.
As for the bottom, I am not even going to begin to guess which state is worst. But, my guess is that it's somewhere in the Sunbelt or the upper South. But, that's just a hunch.
Old 06-27-2009, 11:11 PM
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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my guess would be New Mexico and Mississippi since those two states have always been in the bottom 5 for years and years, along with being 2 of the poorest states also.
Old 06-27-2009, 11:19 PM
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I hate to say it for Texas, but I think the border helps drag the state down a few notches. It could easily be in the teens but the border does not receive any attention at all from Austin.
Old 06-28-2009, 12:13 AM
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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The question isn't defined enough - you're being far too broad to receive answers.

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