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Idaho Running Out Of Smart People

Idaho is running out of smart people, according to the editors of 24/7 Wall Street, a web-based clearinghouse of financial news and opinion. Worst in the nation? Colorado, followed by Michigan, Oklahoma and then Idaho. The editors looked at National Assessment of Educational Progress scores for math and reading in 2003 and 2009. Based on their analysis, Idaho ranks fourth in the nation for lowest education achievement and job levels. According to the report, in 2000, 84.7 percent of adults in Idaho had completed high school. By 2009, the number had dropped to 83.3 percent, the third worst decrease in the country/George Prentice, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Do you have anecdotal evidence that Idaho is hemorrhaging smart people?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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