Not being a fan of Perry myself, I decided to take a look. I found a lot of information at the National Journal. What I found was far from inspiring:
The Lone Star State lags the rest of the nation badly in high school graduation rates. Among people older than 25, only 79.9 percent of Texans have a high school degree—the lowest rate in the country, according to the Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey. California doesn’t fare much better at 80.6 percent, but other large states do: New York’s graduation rate stands at 84.7 percent, and Florida’s is 85.3 percent.I have to wonder if Texas poverty level has a lot to do with this:
Texas suffers from one of the highest poverty rates in the country. Seventeen percent of its residents lived below the federal poverty level in 2009, according to the Census Bureau. That was the eighth-highest rate in the country. Texas has the sixth-highest poverty rate for children at 24 percent; the national average is 20 percent.
Critics of Perry and the state’s conservative Legislature argue that the widespread poverty, large number of uninsured people, and low high school graduation rate tell the real story of economic growth in Texas. It stems, they say, mainly from cheap and unskilled labor rather than from the kind of investment and innovation that improve long-term competitiveness. “We are a state that wants to have a workforce that looks more like Canada’s, but every year, it’s looking more like Mexico’s,” said state Rep. Mike Villarreal, a Democratic lawmaker from San Antonio. “It’s becoming less educated, and income equality is rising.”There really is a lot of information in this article if you're interested in learning more.
One of the charts that popped out for me, was the following:
I noticed Massachusetts vs Texas numbers:
- Massachusetts No. 1 in those completing college, Texas No. 30
- Massachusetts No.1 in residents with Health Insurance, Texas No. 50
- Massachusetts No. 1 in children with health insurance, Texas No. 50.
Is Perry being picked on? You decide.
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