AUSTIN – Texas is still one of America’s worst places to be a child, according to a new report.
The Lone Star State ranked 43rd for child well-being – down one slot from 2013, up one from 2012 –in the annual national KIDS COUNT Data Book released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Specifically, the state ranked 32nd in economic well-being, 34th in education, 40th in health and 47th in family and community.
“It’s time for Texas to step up its game when it comes to prioritizing our children,” said Frances Deviney of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, an Austin-based liberal thinktank that led the KIDS COUNT effort here, in a statement.
Among the statistics highlighted by the report:
Nearly 1.8 million Texas children live in poverty – 26 percent, 1 percentage point worse than in 2005
Only about 40 percent attend preschool, 2 percentage points better than in 2005
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