|The Well-Being Index compiles surveys taken from all over the country all throughout the year and organizes them by state, community and congressional district. Participants are asked to evaluate their lives according to six categories:
• Life Evaluation: how a person’s current life compares with their expectations
• Emotional Health: deals with the respondent’s experiences and feelings on a given day
• Physical Health: encompasses diseases, physical pain, sick days, body-mass index, etc.
• Healthy Behavior: addresses both positive behaviors (i.e. exercise) and negative (i.e. smoking)
• Work Environment: questions for workers on job satisfaction, treatment from superiors, etc.
• Basic Access: includes access to food, housing, healthcare, etc.
West Virginia (50) and Kentucky (49) once again brought up the rear as the saddest two states for the fourth year in a row. [...]
When people hear there is a state-by-state report on happiness, they want to know a few things. Who’s number one? It’s Hawaii. Who changed the most since last year? Alaska took a turn for the worse, and Delaware improved significantly. How did my state do? You can find out here. But anyone who looks at the map above is likely to wonder: why is that cluster of red states so unhappy?
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Rhee tries to shift the blame for suspicious DC test scores:
|Let's look at the timeline. When a highly suspicious pattern of wrong-to-right erasures and changed answers on tests was first flagged in 2008, Rhee's administration declined to investigate, and she touted some of the questionable schools as top performers and doled out bonuses to teachers and principals. After another year of suspicious results, a cursory investigation was held but results were not released. Then, this week, when USA Today published its investigation—an article she'd refused to comment for—Rhee's response was to talk about her enemies and their flat-earth beliefs.
And now that refusing to comment to USA Today and lashing out have failed her, Rhee's response is to try to pin the suspicious results on a few bad apples and piously call for increased security.
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