I like to say Arizona is the 48th state because it seems that’s about where we usually land when compared to the 49 other states on key measurements such as educational achievement, per pupil funding or children well-being. Thank God for Mississippi, the perennial 49th state. The only reason we consistently beat out Mississippi is because most kids in Arizona can spell “Mississippi.” Read more»
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Arizona posted one of the country’s sharpest declines in so-called “dropout factories” in the last decade, but was still slightly below the national average for high school graduation rates in 2011, according to a recent report. Read more»