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Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

If you have children in the Howard County Public School system then you are already aware of this good news.

The School System sent out this notice

The July issue of Forbes Magazine lists the Howard County Public School System among the top ten school districts in the nation when it comes to providing the best public education for the price. Read the “Best and Worst Districts For The Buck” at the link below and see how the HCPSS stacks up!

Forbes used a complicated formula to come up with this list.  However, HCPSS ranked 7 of 97 schools that met Forbes criteria.

From the article

More spending doesn’t necessarily buy you better schools. With property taxes rising across the country, we took a look at per-pupil spending in public schools and weighed it against student performance–college entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT, depending on which is more common in the state), exam participation rates and graduation rates.

The full rankings can be found here.

As you may also realize.  CNN Money Magazine came out with their annual report on the best places to live in the USA.  In 2006 Ellicott City/Columbia ranked 4th.  Well both are off the top 100 list in 2007.  Man, Ken has only been in office for 7 months – how quickly things change (if you can’t take a joke close your browser now).

For this year’s list we focused on smaller places that offered the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community.

However, Elkridge ranked number 42 – congratulations.


One Response to “POINT OF PRIDE”

  1. wordbones said

    That’s the problem with these “best places” rankings. Rarely do you get a repeat. It’s kinda like winning the Super Bowl, the season starts all over again the next day.

    My old business partner moved out to Boulder Colorado because at that time it was ranked as the best place to live in America by the very same publication. The trouble was that once he got there the closest he could afford a home was Berthoud. That is about as close to Boulder as White Marsh is to Columbia. I don’t think Berthoud has made the top 100 yet.

    All that being said and as you so noted, it is still nice to see Elkridge recognized as number 42. I believe congrats are also in order to our Catonsville cousins as well who came in at number 49.



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