New Report Declares California The LEAST Educated State In The Country

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According to new data from the Census Bureau, California has become the least educated state in the United States Of America. It now ranks number ONE for the percentage of those over 25-years-old who are High School dropouts that have never even completed the ninth grade. California also ranked 50th for the percentage who have actually graduated from high school.

The data revealed that 10 percent of California residents never made it past the ninth grade. The 2,510,370 California residents 25 and older who didn’t finish their freshman years of high school outnumber the population of some U.S. states.

Another 2,033,160 California residents 25 and older completed the ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade—but did not earn a high school diploma.

Thus, a total of 4,543,530 California residents 25 and older—or a nation-leading 17.5 percent–have never graduated from high school.

Full details about the report can be found by clicking here.

Monica Showalter explains the details as to why at the American Thinker:

Texas comes in second. Both states are large and have major agricultural operations, which necessitates farm work. Farm work doesn’t require much education, and it’s logical that people with that kind of an educational résumé would gravitate to that line of work. The Sacramento Bee breaks down the educational levels by California city and shows that agricultural cities do lead the pack.

It’s also an industry that’s more than a little famous for hiring illegal aliens, and those are the ones who actually work for a living rather than live off California’s vast welfare offerings.

Central American migrants, for instance, virtually all have less than a tenth-grade education and some of the lowest English-language proficiency skills in the entire world, according to the EF English proficiency index, which considers this skill a measure of development.

The lowest-educated people who are making California number one in that category are likely in one of those two categories. Here’s the other thing: lots and lots of low-education agricultural workers are keeping California from upgrading its agricultural operations, given their low cost.

But it’s likely more complicated than that. Combine it with a third factor in California, which is the low quality of its schools, made that way based on the high power of its teacher unions.

Someone who got ballot-harvested out of the midterms, Marshall Tuck, was an advocate for school quality, including school choice and charter schools, and intensely opposed by teacher unions. He wasn’t even a Republican or conservative; he was one of those guys President Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, liked, a hipsterly guy who nevertheless was all in for better education if for nothing else than to supply Google with workers.

He got ballot-harvested in the last midterm based on the teacher unions’ political muscle, losing to a useless left-wing political hack. So rest assured: there isn’t going to be any improved quality or outcome in education, particularly for people at the bottom rungs of the educational ladder, given that they have no choice but to go to teacher-union public schools.

Score one for the argument that Democrats have a vested interest in keeping the state at the bottom of the educational rankings, and schools will stay lousy because Democrats like it like that.

But there is more!

California’s new governor Gavin Newsom has a goal of making California “number one” in per-pupil state spending. Throwing money at the problem is definitely not going to help California, it never does. In fact, the new spending will only help the teacher unions.

I think it is way to late to take back our schools. I have been shouting that we should do just that for 3 decades. Now it is far too late, unfortunately.



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