I wrote last week that Georgia ranks fourth in the highest incarceration rates among all fifty states. This weekend, I came across another astonishing data point. Of 100 students entering ninth grade across our state, how many do you think go on to earn a four-year college degree? Fifty? Guess again. Forty, you say. Want to try again? Try six. Yes, you read that right, SIX. Six out of 100. The really good news is another three complete a two-year degree. Wow. Some future our state has.
Then I read this morning that in the recently released State Integrity Investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity, New Jersey ranked highest (as in best) for such good things as accountability, transparency, ethics, lobbyist disclosure, access to financial information, insurance regulation, redistricting and so on. Are you kidding me? The home of Tony Soprano ranked first, receiving a grade of B plus. Want to guess where our Georgia ranked? Good thing the lowest grade possible was an F, which was exactly what we got.