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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Good News for Virginia Schools...and some bad

Virginia's higher institutions of learning have something to be proud of...

"The University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary offer some of the best values in the nation among public colleges.

That's according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, which ranked 100 schools.

The magazine named Virginia and William and Mary third and fourth for best in-state tuition value for 2008. The University of Mary Washington ranked Number 14, Virginia Tech was Number 17 and James Madison University was Number 22 on the list."


Virginia public schools are ranked fifth in the nation according The Quality Counts report by Editorial Projects in Education.

Here is a detailed breakdown of Virginia's scores.

I'm happy that our state did so well according to this study. It's happened not because of great leadership from the bureaucrats but from the hard work and dedication from students, parents, and teachers.

According to this study, Virginia ranks 38th in state spending on education. Look at Wealth Neutrality Score. Virginia ranks 49th. We don't spread the wealth around enough to poorer districts.

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