New Report Ranks TX Near Bottom in Kids Well-Being

By Bill O’Neil

A new report on child well-being again ranks Texas much closer to the bottom than the top.

“Bottom ten definitely isn’t good enough for Texas. We need to do better. Every child in Texas should be healthy, well-educated and financially secure” said Kristie Tingle with the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

The report issued yearly be the Annie E. Casey Foundation placed Texas near the bottom as it measured a number of key categories relating to the well-being of kids.

“What we’re seeing in the family and community domain is we’re actually 47th… nearly last… and we’re actually in the health domain second to last in the percentage of children who lack health insurance coverage” Tingle said.

The “Kids Count” report also placed Texas 30th in education, 32nd in economic well-being and 39th in health.

“We want folks to use this information to make good decisions so we can maintain the gains that we’ve been able to achieve” the Foundation’s Laura Speer said.

“With the correct division of resources we can get there, but what we’re seeing is that the State isn’t investing in what our children need” Tingle said.

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