9. New York, New York
The largest school district in the country has a big task on its hands, educating more than a million children. Yet, despite the enormity of that undertaking, the city managed to score highly for its graduation rate and per-pupil expenditures. The school district made news recently when reports emerged of parent-teacher groups in the district routinely raising money for their schools with sums as high as $1 million. These PTA groups use the funds to pay for teachers’ aides or to help buffer budget cuts from the city. It's committed parents like these that help to secure a spot for New York in our top 10.