U.S. News: Nevada is last in Pre-K-12 education, 40th worst state

A new study says Nevada remains near the bottom of the heap in education, and the state also fares poorly in evaluations of government integrity, public safety and fiscal stability.

The study, courtesy of U.S. News and World Report, used a variety of indices -- tens of thousands of data points, the publication claims -- to rank Nevada 40th in its “Best States” rankings.

There was some good news: “Nevada ranks 40th among the U.S. states. It also ranks as one of the best states for infrastructure, with the best transportation system in the nation.”

But much of it was not. To wit:

Nevada was 37th in health care, 49th in education and 46th in crime and corrections and 49th in government. This is not a good report card.