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The Rick Perry Report Card

How did he perform in eight areas that are critical to the state? The grade book is now open.

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Photograph by Peter Yang

Our highest executive officer has long touted his record on economics, and rightly so (see the “Texas miracle”). But can he claim the same success in public health? Or criminal justice? Or higher ed? Here’s a look at his leadership in eight areas of public policy, letter grades included.


  1. Criminal JusticeGrade: B
  2. Transparency and EthicsGrade: C
  3. The EnvironmentGrade: D+
  4. Economic DevelopmentGrade: A
  5. Public EducationGrade: D
  6. Higher EducationGrade: B-
  7. Public HealthGrade: D-
  8. TransportationGrade: C

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