When it comes to innovation and economic productivity, Texas typically ranks among the top ten states in the country—or not far behind. It leads in 10-year economic growth and productivity, as well as domestic migration, particularly among young adults and families. Texas is also one of the most innovative states in terms of high tech and related fields, and several of its cities are nationally ranked for their diversified industries and occupations.

But the dominance of Texas in the competitive economic sector stands in stark contrast to its distinctively un-competitive K–12 education sector, which is essentially dominated by one type of provider: public district schools. Read more in Vicki Alger's briefing below.