Friday, March 06, 2015

The State of Texas Children - 2015 Numbers

KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation which provides about the most comprehensive sets of data on the different indicators that measure the well-being of children in the United States that you could hope to find.  The Center For Public Priorities (CPPP) is the home of the Texas Kids Count Project. They have recently released their 2015 State of Texas Children report and it is pretty grim in a lot of ways.  Although Texas has had a wealthy couple of years with the shale gas boom and our coffers are full to bursting, Texas children have not benefited from the largesse.  The National KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Texas the 43rd best place in the nation to be a kid in terms of economic well-being, health, education and family and community factors.  Twenty-five percent of Texas children - that is 1 in 4 - live in poverty.  With 7 million children in Texas, that is a whole lot of kids in poverty.

We can do better, Texas.  Let's start voting for real representation - for a government that will invest in our future - - our kids.

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