"K-12 education systems are improving nationwide, but states aren't doing enough to keep the U.S. competitive on the global stage, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
The "Leaders & Laggards" report grades each state's education performance and policies based on 11 business-oriented criteria, ranging from the availability of school options, such as charters, to the state's pension-funding situation. . . .
"We're making progress but not enough progress…people ought to be outraged," said Cheryl Oldham, vice president of the foundation's Center for Education and Workforce. "Hopefully this is a wake-up call.". . .
The report found that the U.S. has a lot of work to do to keep up with the rest of the world's educational gains, an idea supported by other recent findings. The U.S. remains a global leader in the proportion of adults with post-high-school education, but many nations are closing the gap, according to a global education survey released earlier this week by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The U.S. ranked 18 out of 27 countries in its percentage of today's young people expected to finish a university education in their lifetime."
Summing Up
Our system of education once stood at the very of the world's educational ladder.
Sadly, those days are gone.

And to make a bad situation worse, the costs to taxpayers for K-12 schools combined with the cost of attending college and the student debt associated with getting that college degree have exploded to the upside.

But perhaps even more sadly, We the People aren't yet sufficiently outraged to take the necessary steps to assure that our young students  and graduates are provided the very best higher educational experience and later career opportunities on earth.
As a result, and while many of our so-called leaders sleep through this growing debacle, our nation's competitiveness, workforce and economic prosperity are all in serious jeopardy.
That's my take.
Thanks. Bob.