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Education and Collective Bargaining

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.

  1. South Carolina -50th
  2. North Carolina -49th
  3. Georgia -48th
  4. Texas -47th
  5. 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.



4 thoughts on “Education and Collective Bargaining

  1. What’s going on in Wisconsin?

    Posted by cptpineapple | February 21, 2011, 3:50 pm
  2. Where did you get these figures?

    Posted by Tim Dobbins | February 21, 2011, 11:34 pm
  3. I was wondering about the figures you stated because I used those figures in a piece that I conducted and got a reply from a friend in which he cited incompatible information. So, I would really like to ascertain the statistics you used in order to juxtapose the two sets of data to see if it’s possible to reconcile the two.

    Posted by Tim Dobbins | February 23, 2011, 8:51 pm

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