In light of the recent conflict in Wisconsin, I’d like to offer an interesting tidbit of information:
If you’re interested, here’s the ACT/SAT rank of the 5 states where collective bargaining is illegal.
- South Carolina -50th
- North Carolina -49th
- Georgia -48th
- Texas -47th
- Virginia -44th.
Oh, and Wisconsin, where it’s legal? 2nd.
Direct cause and effect? I dunno. But it’s certainly an interesting correlation, isn’t it?
EDIT: After further research, these statistics seem a little suspect. Here’s a blog post that reflects a little more accurate (and consistent) reporting of SAT scores between states. The general result is similar — states without collective bargaining are still very poor performers, but the disparity is not quite as sharp.