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The U.S. has 74 of the top 200 spots, but that is a drop from last year. Should we be concerned?

The No. 1 out of 60 top schools is a small school in Maine. But Virginia has four schools on the list.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has boasted repeatedly that the public schools of Massachusetts, the state where he was once governor, are “ranked number one of all 50 states.” Yet an annual state ranking by Education Week has given the top spot to Maryland for four straight years. So which state has the best schools? Is there any way to really decide?

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