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New Rankings Reveal States With Best and Worst School Systems

The personal finance site Wallethub has ranked the best and worst states for K-12 education, given the connection between one's education and future earning potential. HuffPost Parents reported that the ranking was based on 12 factors, including student dropout rate, pupil/teacher ratio, test scores, rates of bullying and school safety measures.

The top scorers were New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Kansas. States with the worst school systems included Nevada, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and the District of Columbia.

The report also looked at which states are spending the most on education, and in turn, have the highest-quality school systems. Of the states the site ranked in its top five for education, four of them were also in the top 10 for "Total Current Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Day Schools per Student."

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