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Why Oregon And California Schools Rank Low In Quality

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What would you think to learn that a national ranking of schools by state put California and Oregon at #1 and #2?

Sorry, that was a hypothetical. Actually, you need to add 40 to each ranking, because WalletHub's list puts California and Oregon schools at #41 and #42, respectively. So, yay, we're better than Alabama, but not as good as Arkansas.

What are the criteria for the rankings? We find out, and find out the regional deficiencies, in a visit with WalletHub's Jill Gonzales.

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