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Old 02-28-2007, 06:11 PM
 
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This just came out.

Texas landed in the middle. CA is actually on the low end, which surprised me.

http://www.uschamber.com/icw/reportcard/default

TX got hit on the 'True in advertising.....' section, which agrees with some of the posts here.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Actually one of the reasons we left California because, at least in our area, the schools really weren't performing at all. There was a steady decrease in money for the classrooms and more for the administration from what I was seeing.

Very cool map. Thanks for the post!!
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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Wow. I'm just thrilled to see how well South Carolina did. When I was in high school the state was rated 48th in education. "Thank God for Mississippi and Alabama" was a commonly heard quote.
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Big D -Dallas TX
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^^ I totally agree with you. I'm from South Carolina also. I was shocked. Maybe the education lottery helped. Either way it is a it;s an improvement.
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:16 AM
 
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Texas is really the shining star in the south. Look at the states that surround TX. So those property taxes are working for ya.

I had no idea that CA as a whole was so poor. I've lived all over the Southern part of the state and the schools were all excellent. I knew there was a disparity, but had no idea there was such a big divide.

Also, thought Nevada would have done better with all the new construction and migration to that area in the last 10 years.

CO is about the only other place I'd consider living other than TX and CA, glad to see it faired pretty well. Now all CO needs is some jobs and they'd be doing ok.
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:39 AM
 
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Actually one of the reasons we left California because, at least in our area, the schools really weren't performing at all. There was a steady decrease in money for the classrooms and more for the administration from what I was seeing.

Very cool map. Thanks for the post!!
One of the reasons we left too....daughter was getting ready to start kindergarten. I love the schools out here...(TEXAS) When my daughter was still in elementary she was 2 years ahead of what my friends little girl was doing in school in Cali. (found this out through conversation with my friend..have no proof other than that) Also class sizes have become to big in Cali (at least in San Diego). 37-40 kids per class in Cali compared to 18-20 in Texas is a big difference. I even heard of some schools in San Diego had to have the kids go to class in shifts because there wasn't enough room for everyone.
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Old 03-03-2007, 09:35 PM
 
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teachers know what states have good schools and they are always suspicious of students who transfer in from CA--New Mexico and Louisiana are states that we often get transfers from that are below grade level...and there are low property taxes there, low teacher pay, and from what I have seem most students are two grade levels behind TX students...

President Bush often gets the credit for TX's upsweep in education but the true person to thank is Ross Perot--he was the first person to really assess the state education system and recommend changes that were implimented positively---the no-child-left-behind-act is a national time bomb that will hurt more children than it helps and will eventually wind up bankrupting some school districts for what the legislature expects the districts to fund to fulfill its requirements....
The TEA is also reconsidering the TAKS effectiveness---which teachers have been trying to point out for years---now they seem to want to do to a 12-test quota before certifying students for graduation--

do you think school districts spend the same money per student in English/math/science that they do for football each year?
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Old 03-04-2007, 04:11 AM
 
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My kids are currently in the Poway School system in San Diego and I have nothin but good things to say about it. All I was hoping when I moved out here was to find a system at least as good as it. The problem in CA is the divide between the good systems in upscale areas vs all the other marginal ones.
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:08 AM
 
Location: From Sea to Shining Sea
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We are in so cali as well, and we home school now, because the schools here have zero to offer. (I used to teach so I see it from that side as well).
I would like to be able to have my son go to school one day, here is hoping!
MBG
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Old 04-22-2007, 12:23 PM
 
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From West Virginia which had a ranking of 43. After $1,000,000,000. in consolidation, I am asking if this is or has made an improvement in South Carolina / or other states?
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