According to George Will, "Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once puckishly said that data indicated that the leading determinant of the quality of public schools, measured by standardized tests, was the schools' proximity to Canada. He meant that the geographic correlation was stronger than the correlation between high test scores and high per-pupil expenditures." But as Kevin Carey observes it's highly unlikely that Moynihan meant any such thing -- since the highest-spending states are all near Canada.

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