Ranking states on educational return on investment

With math and reading scores in decline despite record investment in overall education, the Heritage Foundation has issued a report showing that Florida, Arizona, Idaho and Indiana are the best choices (“A New Ranking for Education Freedom,” The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 8). It does so after factoring in cost-of-living per-pupil spending, National Assessment of Educational Progress results, and unfunded teacher pension liabilities as a proportion of state gross domestic product.

Although I support parental choice, I hasten to point out once again that parents seek different things in their schools. Test scores and per-pupil spending are certainly important considerations, but they do not constitute the sole factors that parents consider in evaluating the education their children receive. There are a host of other things that they take into account.

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