In a new study out that was compiled on June 20th regarding the best high schools in the country, schools in states that had some of the highest tax rates and strongest unions ranked far below the states that provided less money and regulation to their education systems.
Schools in no income tax states such as Texas and Florida ranked first and second in graduation rates, SAT scores, and college admissions, while only one school in a state with strong unions and higher taxes made the top 10.
Three of the nation’s ten best public high schools are in Texas—the no-income tax, right-to-work state that blue model defenders like to characterize as America at its worst. Florida, another no-income tax, right-to-work state long misgoverned by the evil and rapacious Bush dynasty, has two of the top ten schools. – The American Interest via Business Insider
This study is not alone in the assessment that more money and stronger regulation is not required to raise graduation rates and test scores. In May, the Washington Post issued its own study, and it also ranked Texas and Florida as having the top two state high schools. Out of the top 10, only one school in a predominately Democratic state made the list, and out of the top 25, only six schools were cited in states with high taxes, and strong union support.
For years, unions and government officials have pushed for more money towards education, while at the same time, as education funding rose 400% in the past two decades, American schools have fallen in the world rankings from the top five, to no better than 14th in reading capabilities. In math and science it is much worse, as American high schoolers rank 17th and 25th worldwide in science and math.
Statistics do not lie, especially from multiple sources, and over long periods of time. The education systems that focus on basic education, and not social engineering, which takes place in many of the more liberal states, creates literate students who can master more than one subject, and are better prepared for the workplace.
With this new study validating that more money and stronger unions do not result in better education, as determined by schools from states not in this category ranking much higher in graduation and testing scores, should be a wakeup call to all Americans the next time elected officals try to push through income and property tax increases without ensuring true reform takes place in the education systems of their states.