California a not-so-golden state
November 28, 2012
A pair of extensive studies unveiled this week suggest that California doesn’t compare well to the rest of the nation in “fundamental” well-being in analysis of economic, fiscal, educational, and personal factors.
The primary report was prepared by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, University of Pennsylvania, and the American Education Foundation. Also checking in with its similar statistical results was the U.S. Department of Education.
California is 33rd in those areas, and also ranks 33rd in debt compared to its total economic output.
The federal evaluation ranks the state’s high school graduation 32nd and notes that 76 percent of students graduate — on a par with most Southern states. Los Angeles schools come in even lower, with graduation numbers hovering at around 50 percent.