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Opening Arguments

On the curve

Ball State University has handed out letter grades to Indiana's counties:


The report seeks to provide policy makers and residents within counties an objective, datafocused assessment of factors that influence quality of life and economic conditions.

 Indiana’s 92 counties were graded on a curve, meaning an equal number of A and F grades are given, an equal number of B and D grades are given, and average performers receive C grades.

 "It is clear from the research that issues such as efficient government, human capital and desirable health care outcomes appear to cluster in regions," said CBER director Michael Hicks.

Allen County's grades (see here) were People, B; Human Capital -- Education, C; Human Capital -- Health, A; Government Impact and Economy, C-; Arts, Entertainment and Recreation, A. Bet that last one will surprise a lot of people who would not give the county one of the highest grade for what amounts to "stuff to do."