On January 12th Diane Ravitch posted an article written by Mineral Wells Texas School Superintendent John Kuhn. John proceeds to blast the newly released “A-F” letter grades for schools in the State of Texas. As part of his article John also noted that Education Week had just released their state-by-state “A-F” grades for each state.
Just to humor myself I decided to look at the grades given to each state and compare them to the political parties that are currently in office.
- 18 currently have Democrat governors
- 31 currently have Republican governors
- 1 currently has an Independent governor
- 14 with a Democratic-controlled Senate
- 34 with a Republican controlled Senate
- 1 with a neutral senate and Nebraska has no parties in the senate
- 16 with a Democratic controlled house
- 33 with a Republican controlled house
- Nebraska has no parties in the house
- 7 states are led by total Democratic control
- 22 states are led by total Republican control
- 21 states have a combination of control
The bottom ten states: Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Idaho, New Mexico, Mississippi, Nevada
- All are southern states except Idaho.
- 8 are under total Republican control
- Louisiana has Democratic governor, Republican House, and Senate
- New Mexico has Republican Governor and House, with a Democratic Senate
- Grades include
- 1 “C+”
- 2 “C-“
- 3 “D”
- 4 “D+”
The top ten states: Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, New York, Minnesota
- 8 out of 10 are in the northeast.
- The other two are northern midwest states
- 2 are under total Democratic control
- 1 under total Republican control
- 3 have a Republican governor with Democratic House and Senate
- 2 have a Democrat governor with a Republican House and Senate
- New York has a Democratic governor and House with a Neutral Senate
- Minnesota has a Democratic governor and Senate with a Republican House
- Grades include:
- 1 “B+”
- 5 “B”
- 4 “B-“
- There are no “A” grades
A couple of apparent conclusions from looking at the top ten and bottom ten.
- The writers seem to have a bias in favor of schools in the northeast and against schools in the south.
- The bottom ten are predominately controlled by Republican.
- The top ten are more controlled by Democrats.
- This report reads very similar to the Texas A-F Report Card that just came out. Let’s make the school all look bad and then use that as political leverage for something.
A few other notes of interest to me; it shocks me that Wisconsin is rated the 11th best state for education with Governor Scott Walked at the helm of the W.I.S Titanic. The teachers and educators in the Wisconsin are to be commended for their effort and accomplishments considering Walker’s war against them.
Kansas is ranked is ranked 27th despite Governor Brownback’s effort to placate the Koch brothers with excessive tax breaks at the expense of every other program in Kansas. His policies have hurt the funding of public schools and universities. Kansas is the home of two of the best teacher colleges in the country, Fort Hays State University, and Emporia State University. These two universities have managed to stay afloat by managing their funds very carefully but will not continue to do so if the Brownback ways continue.
|Education Letter Grade||State Ranking|
|New Jersey||Chris Christie||R||D||D||B||2|
|New Hampshire||Maggie Hassan||D||R||R||B||6|
|New York||Andrew Cuomo||D||N||D||B-||9|
|Rhode Island||Gina Raimondo||D||D||D||C+||13|
|North Dakota||Jack Dalrymple||R||R||R||C+||15|
|West Virginia||Earl Ray Tomblin||D||R||R||C-||33|
|North Carolina||Pat McCrory||R||R||R||C-||36|
|South Dakota||Dennis Daugaard||R||R||R||C-||37|
|South Carolina||Nikki Haley||R||R||R||C-||42|
|Louisiana||John Bel Edwards||D||R||R||D+||43|
|New Mexico||Susana Martinez||R||D||R||D||48|
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