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Old 06-22-2008, 11:04 AM
 
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Actually. percentage of HS graduates........78.3 percent of Texans have high school degrees..compared with Wash. - 89.7%, Utah - 91%, Minnesota - 92.3, etc....

How do they rank that high in Tech with the educational situation in the state itself? Are they IMPORTING their tech folks from out-of-area?

My guess, the large number of hispanic dropouts skews the numbers hugely in Texas.......

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Old 06-22-2008, 11:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Actually. percentage of HS graduates........78.3 percent of Texans have high school degrees..compared with Wash. - 89.7%, Utah - 91%, Minnesota - 92.3, etc....

How do they rank that high in Tech with the educational situation in the state itself? Are they IMPORTING their tech folks from out-of-area?

My guess, the large number of hispanic dropouts skews the numbers hugely in Texas.......
Why did you have to put hispanics in particular on the drop outs?
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:05 PM
 
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Actually. percentage of HS graduates........78.3 percent of Texans have high school degrees..compared with Wash. - 89.7%, Utah - 91%, Minnesota - 92.3, etc.....
I guess because 78% of the population is still a higher number than Utah, Minn, or Wash.

Your 78% equates to over 18 mln Texans with high school diplomas based upon 2007 population estimates. Compare this to 6mln graduates in Washington, 2.5mln in Utah, and 4.8mln in Minnesota. Does that answer your question?
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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Why did you have to put hispanics in particular on the drop outs?

His comment might ruffle some feathers, but it's still a pretty good hypothesis.
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:49 PM
 
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High School does not really cover tech -- other than making coffee or answering phones, so the High School pondering towards this topic is rather pointless.

While Texas does have some awful High Schools especially in the big cities -- that is where the drop-out numbers come from -- it is the Colleges and the Transplants that cover the Tech World. With Air Conditioning and Summer escape plans most Yanquis do not mind Texas, and in the real Tech World, you rarely encounter much of the underclass anyway.

Tech businesses also like the Tax system (comparatively low) here.

The University systems UT and A&M tend to be well funded from the PUF (Permanent University Fund -- Oil Money). Sort of funny, but what I noticed on the way through school; the upper level technical classes tend to be devoid of "Native" Texans. .
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:57 PM
 
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High School does not really cover tech -- other than making coffee or answering phones, so the High School pondering towards this topic is rather pointless.

While Texas does have some awful High Schools especially in the big cities -- that is where the drop-out numbers come from -- it is the Colleges and the Transplants that cover the Tech World. With Air Conditioning and Summer escape plans most Yanquis do not mind Texas, and in the real Tech World, you rarely encounter much of the underclass anyway.

Tech businesses also like the Tax system (comparatively low) here.

The University systems UT and A&M tend to be well funded from the PUF (Permanent University Fund -- Oil Money). Sort of funny, but what I noticed on the way through school; the upper level technical classes tend to be devoid of "Native" Texans. .

The truth bites, but the facts are that the majority minority(51%) does skew the HS dropout stats in Texas, and indeed, Tex imports its tech workers, just like the US imports its oil...
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:49 PM
 
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I think you need to look at what attracts companies to certian states that are in the technical fields. Look at what numbers and type of degrees in technical fields such as engineering and the sciences the state graduates from there colleges. Look at the number of colleges and there degree programs.Ask any compamy that employs people in the sciences and other such fileds and they will tell you the lifestyle is very important in keeping these type of people because they are in demand.
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:12 PM
 
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Also, Texas is so large that stats are not as good as smaller states....so many people, and such a large economy......and, people have always migrated to Texas, from Sam Houston on.....hardly a non-mover inbred deep south state like alabama or mississippi..I would say the four hot states right now in the true south(I say that to exclude Fla.) would be north carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Texas.....out of those four, geo and tex by far get the most in-migration.....simply just hopping, money-making places...
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:54 AM
 
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that stat has no relation to high school graduates
it is about companies that do business in TX that list themselves as "tech" companies

there are many large and small probably more than half in Austin but some in DFW area and some in Houston San Antonio
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