CHART: High School Graduation Rates in “Right-to-Work” States Clearly Lower than States Where Unionism is Welcome
An interesting, though dated map is making its way around the web that shows graduation rates across the country versus state “Right-to-Work” status. The graphic likely resurfaced, despite showing information from 2002-2003, because of the Chicago Teachers Union strike and the ongoing assault on public education. Even though the Right-to-Work image (below) was obviously created by an anti-union outfit (notice the use of the term “forced unionism state”), it still shows something quite pro-union when placed next to the graduation rate graphic (above).
Tennessee (“Right-to-Work”) and Kentucky (not “Right-to-Work”) border each other geographically and have very similar socio-economic demographics. Yet, Kentucky does a much better job of graduating its high school students. The data here speaks for itself, with a clear-cut patten of low graduation rates in “Right-to-Work” states. To be sure, “Right-to-Work” status isn’t the only factor in this graduation disparity, but it is obviously an important one.