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WalletHub, which calls itself the “social network for your wallet,” has ranked Nevada near the bottom in the nation in education.
Because it is oriented to personal finance, WalletHub monitors quality of life factors that can affect success and from time to time releases lists like “Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers.” In this case, it monitored factors like math and reading scores, percent of children who repeat grades. It also assesses safety factors in schools such as number of reported bullying incidents.
In a ranking of school systems, Nevada placed 47 among the 50 states and D.C., the same ranking it had last year. The only states placing lower on the list than Nevada are Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi—states that frequently share the bottom of national rankings with Nevada—plus D.C.
In the school safety ranking, Nevada did better, placing 36.
WalletHub also said there is evidence of a correlation between the money states spent on schools and financial success: “[S]tates that invest more dollars in education benefit not only their residents but also their economies. The Economic Policy Institute, or EPI, reported that income is higher in states where the workforce is well educated and hence more productive. With higher incomes, workers in turn can contribute more in taxes to beef up state budgets over the long run.”