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  •  The Kansas/Texas disparity is one that's very (7+ / 0-)

    interesting to me.

    I grew up in Kansas and now live in Texas.  I had cousins whose parents were in the military and moved around the country a few times.

    When they'd leave Kansas (twice) and come back to Kansas from Texas (twice) they were always assessed a year behind in school.  So, even though one cousin was the same age as me, he graduated two years later.

    It was the sorry state of Texas schools back then, plus the solid state of Kansas schools that made the difference.

    Brownback and his fellow Koch-backed Republican teabaggers are intent on going full-on Ayn Rand:  riches to the rich and the hell with everyone else.

    They'll be like Texas without the big cities and diverse population.  Which will be like.... pretty much nothing.  

    Let the infrastructure start to rot and the schools fall in placement and accreditation and the state will be a pariah.  The Kochs may be dead by then, but probably not, and they certainly don't care.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 07:53:13 PM PST

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    •  My roommate in college was from Texas. (1+ / 0-)
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      He turned out fine. Then again, I think he went to a private high school.

      •  In the south, typically, schools for "good folks" (4+ / 0-)
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        (rich and comfortably well off) are traditionally "good."  Poor folks schools are often substandard and grossly underfunded. Years of court cases have been fought over school funding being equitable. Decades.

        Guess what kind of schools the state of Texas used to provide for off-base military brats?

        Anyone going to college was by definition accepted into college. So, he probably did seem fine.  Not all the kids are that lucky.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 08:24:43 PM PST

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