You’d think that getting rid of bad teachers would improve the quality of education. So I decided to take five right-to-work states (where presumably the teachers aren’t unionized) to see how their kids do on the SATs.
Here’s what I found:
VA — 32
NV — 43
ND — 7
TX — 47
KS — 8
(Note that the lower the number, the higher the ranking.)
A liberal might expect that RTW states would rank low on SATs. And a conservative might expect them to rank high. But it appears that some RTW states are high and some low. If you average the rankings, you get 27. So the average SAT ranking for a RTW state is right in the middle of the country as a whole. From which I conclude that hiring teachers “at will” makes no difference at all.
Now if my faithful reader wishes to do a more rigorous analysis, I’d like to see the results.