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24/7 Wall St.: States with the Best and Worst Schools

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The Best School Systems

3. New York
State score: 83.1
Overall state grade: B
High school graduation rate: 78.4% (10th highest)
Per pupil expenditure: $16,239 (4th highest)

New York was just one of five states with a grade of B+ or better for school finances. The state was just one of four in 2010 to have every single one of its public school districts spend more per pupil than the national average. School districts in the state spent $16,239 per pupil in 2010, the fourth-highest figure in the country and the best among the 10 states on this list. However, Governor Andrew Cuomo has argued that this funding has not necessarily led to higher achievement in the classroom, and the grade of C- for student achievement, ranked in the middle of all states, backs that assertion. This month, the governor proposed closing that gap by requiring students to spend more time in the classroom with either a longer school year, longer days or a combination of both.

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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