Monday, June 27, 2005

Louisiana & education

“Nothing influences a state’s properity more than the education of its people.” -- SREB publication Southern Regional Education Board is meeting in New Orleans. I've found nothing in the Louisiana papers yet this morning. Other resources: Governor’s Office press release in advance of the meetings. SREB's release about the conference. SREB's Louisiana report (click on Louisiana for access to SREB’s pdf file focusing on Louisiana) Details from the Louisiana report: -Louisiana’s population expected to grow 3% between 2004 and 2014 -The SREB member state average population growth anticipated to be 12% (Note: Louisiana is just one quarter of that). -In the United States, 15% of the population aged 25 to 44 has no high school diploma or GED credentials. The SREB member state average is 17%. Louisiana’s is 20%. Other stats concerning Louisiana and education: Louisiana 46th in Morgan Quitno’s 2004 “Smartest State” award Kids Count stats for Louisiana compared to national average As today and yesterday's post demonstrate, accountability is great but it will take more than that to improve Louisiana's national performance in education statistics.