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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.

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Discussion

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. http://www.act.org/news/data/10/states.html

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

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