State of Arkansas


cop-side-arkansasWhile Arkansas is among the bottom 10 states in percentages of high school and college graduates as well as per capita income, the state is working diligently to turn its fortunes around. In fact, Education Week has given the state a lot of support in its efforts to reform its educational system, making it a top 10 pick in its Quality Counts Education Rankings each year since 2009. Of course, Arkansas has not completely shaken the shame of the Little Rock Nine, when in 1957 the state’s governor prevented black students from enrolling at Little Rock Central High. Today when one thinks of Arkansas, among the first images are former President Bill Clinton and the world’s top retailer, Walmart. The state’s agriculture outputs are poultry and eggs, soybeans, sorghum, cattle, cotton, rice, hogs and milk. Its industrial outputs are food processing, electric equipment, fabricated metal products, machinery and paper products.

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