How Educated are State Legislators?

The Chronicle of Higher Education both asks and answers (with maps and everything).

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  1. Dave Schuler says:

    It begs the question. Are lawyers educated or just credentialed?

    Specifically, are New Hampshire legislators better or worse educated than Illinois legislators? They have defined “educated” as “credentialed”. It ain’t necessarily so and I don’t see any straightforward way to make the determination.

    Is the top graduate from the top New Hampshire high school more or less educated than the worst graduate of John Marshall Law School? I think that the original article is just filler. Meaningless.

  2. MstrB says:

    Wow, all that education has really helped California.