Kids In Texas Are Worse Off Than Those in Almost Every Other State, Report Says

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That's one solution for Texas, I suppose.
Governor Rick Perry and the Republican leadership in Austin have made Texas a rhetorical model for the nation, an economic dynamo that has soared despite the federal government's meddling. Our obsession with low taxes, small government and a lean social safety net has led others call us the best state for business. We call ourselves the best state, period.

Turns out the Texas miracle hasn't been so miraculous for a good chunk of the state's 6.9 million children. According to a Kids Count report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Texas ranks 44th in terms of child well-being, nine slots worse than last year.

"These are two very different stories about the history and future of Texas," said Frances Deviney, who works for the Center for Public Policy Priorities as the state's Kids Count director.

While it's undoubtedly a good thing that Texas has fared better than many states during the economic downturn, the numbers released today paint a worrying picture, Deviney said. In each of the four areas the Kids Count study measures -- economic well-being, education, health, and family and community -- Texas is below average. For the latter two, Texas is near the very bottom.

The reasons Texas does so poorly are too complex to neatly unpack, but the underlying cause is rampant child poverty. In Texas, one in every four children lives in poverty, compared with one in five nationwide. There are more single-parent households in Texas than elsewhere and twice the rate of teen births, both of which correlate strongly with poverty. Also, kids in Texas more than most places live in pockets of concentrated poverty, which tends to exacerbate negative health, educational and other outcomes associated with being poor.

Texas has made strides in some areas -- the percentage of children without health insurance has dropped considerably, for example -- but in nearly every economic category, things have gotten worse.

Improving the lot of children in Texas will require fairly sweeping policy changes. Working to expand access to health insurance would be a good start, as would an end to draconian cuts to public education and social services. Or, we could just adopt a new slogan: "Texas -- At Least We're Not Mississippi."

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rufuslevin
rufuslevin

child poverty is caused by people having kids that do not have the financial resources to afford children.  if the same people with no desire or ability to afford kids....keep having MORE kids...then the problem will ALWAYS get worse.  It is not the state of TEXAS' problem to solve. It is a CITIZENS problem to solve.

 

STOP MAKING BABIES IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD THEM.  STOP.  STOP HAVING SEX IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD BABIES.  WHAT KIND OF SELFISH PEOPLE AND STUPIDS MAKE BABIES THEY CANNOT AFFORD......WELL....THE STUPID ONES THAT JUST DON'T GIVE A DAMN.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

"There are more single-parent households in Texas than elsewhere and twice the rate of teen births, both of which correlate strongly with poverty" - DUH ya think

 

Have six kids on a minimum wage job = poverty  

Have six kids with multiple baby daddys = poverty

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Republicans have taken their already feeble-minded flock and have moved them even farther to the right.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.  As for the notion that our brand of governance which enjoins Faith is reductive or joyless, it is these Leftist evidentiary “reports” that are cosmically hopeless, as is all the related Texana masochism that goes with it – that according to Journolistas Texans must spend their entire lives making up for the vermin we are. What is that if not degrading? We as Texans don't do that to people. We say we may admit we are Texan but take heart, Texans are capable of great things.  For you can't produce light without heat.

 

Besides, this report also dropped California from 16th to 41st over one year.  Even if you embrace the conclusion that, once again, it is your lying eyes which cannot be believed . . . how can it be that California be equal to (gasp) T-T-Texas!?! 

 

That alone should cast a net of Leftist incredulity to cover Texas hence, let’s turn toward the messenger.  It is cause to voire dire the “journalist” who wrote this piece.

Albert
Albert

In other news, Texas becomes more Hispanic every year.

ItsSoSad
ItsSoSad

So according to your analysis, the problem is NOT that the Texas government does not support, educate or take care of children, it's Poverty. Therefore, more child insurance programs, food programs, education programs are not going to change the fact that these children live in poverty.

Changing their parents might help.

Since we have such a large percentage of families/children living in poverty, what is the impact of the huge number of illegal immigrants we have?

 

I am a teacher in the Dallas ISD. I SEE the impact of the cuts to education. But no amount of money can trump parents that don't care, or use their children to fight their ex, or are too stoned to know what's going on.

 

We need policies that encourage employment, encourage graduation from High School, encourage parents to support their children. Not policies that pay single girls to have more babies because they get a bigger welfare check.

 

Health insurance is important. REAL PARENTS are more important.

DowntownResident
DowntownResident

How is it our teens still have not taken abstinence to heart? Don't they know that every time they have pre-marital relations Jesus lets another illegal alien over the border?

MEM1
MEM1

 @rufuslevin make sense except for the fact that sex education in Texas is based on teaching abstinence and Rick Perry and the TX Legislature are doing everything in their power to discourage women from getting legal abortions if they accidentally get pregnant.  

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz WHEN IS HAVING KIDS YOU CANNOT AFFORD A REPUBLICAN PARTY PROBLEM, MYRNA?  DO THE REPUBLICANS KEEP HAVING BABIES...OR IT IS THE DEMOCRAT SPONSORED POVERTY QUEENS AND BROS THAT YOU USE TAXPAYER MONEY TO KEEP ENSLAVED TO BEING POOR AND IGNORANT.   LIBERALS ARE NOT JUST FEEBLE MINDED...THEY ARE BOTH STUPID AND EVIL.

ANON
ANON

 @holmantx I have to say this is most pompous, unintelligible rant against the left i've ever read...CONGRATS!

Chiggers
Chiggers

 @Albert Does the term "Melting Pot" mean anything to you, limey? I'm not sure where you reside, but if your bullshit is to be believed, you ain't from around here, are ye?

 

America becomes more "American" every year regardless of how many immigrants it absorbs. You know, "huddled masses", "wretched refuse" and all that rot? Some folks seem to forget the long colorful history of this country and what it stands for. I'd be very curious to see the family trees of some of the angrier posters here. Although I'm sure a couple of them resemble telephone-poles, I've got to believe that none of them are actually Native Americans.

 

Whatever. It's a free country, as they say, so if you become a citizen or already are, cheers then, mate! Do your best to try to change America to be more in line with your sensibilities. I'll be busy on the other side making sure that this is still a place like it was in the early 1900's when my own grandparents emigrated from Germany and Italy to make a better life for themselves.

 

Incidentally, they didn't have a very easy time of it with the so-called "natives" when they landed here, either.

tdogg
tdogg

Why don't  you kill your worthless useless whitey ass, dummy

EricNicholson4
EricNicholson4 moderator

 @ItsSoSad We do need policies that encourage employment, etc., but that's not going to fix the poverty problem or the terrible parent problem. The social programs, theoretically at least, help mitigate the negative effects of poverty and, hopefully, if you intervene early and often enough, make sure the kid will have a job and won't be such a shitty parent.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @DowntownResident BECAUSE SEX IS FUN AND IS GLAMORIZED BY EVERYTHING THEY SEE, SMELL, HEAR, TASTE, AND BUY.  TEENS ARE NOT ADULTS.  BUT MOST ADULTS TODAY ARE STILL MENTALLY TEENS.

GirlNamedStu
GirlNamedStu

 @DowntownResident illegal aliens and pre-marital relations have a more substantive correlation than the one depicted by your attempt at sarcasm.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@rufuslevinActors - Talk to them about things they don’t know. Try to give them an inferiority complex. If the actress is beautiful, screw her. If she isn’t, present her with a valuable painting she will not understand. If they insist on being boring, kick their asses or twist their noses. And that’s about all there is to it. - John Huston (1906–87), U.S. filmmaker. Quoted in: Jean Negulesco, Things I Did . . . and Things I Think I Did (1984). Huston was offering advice to a young director on how to handle actors

 

Kinda like talking to Liberals . . .

 

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Chiggers IT MAY BE A FREE COUNTRY....BUT HAVING BABIES YOU CANNOT AFFORD IS NOT PART OF FREE...THAT IS ALL ABOUT IRRESPONSIBLE IDIOCY.

TurdFerguson
TurdFerguson

@EricNicholson4 @ItsSoSad More resources will attract more illegals who will quickly overwhelm the incremental capacity. Generous public benefits and porous borders make a terrible combination.

tdogg
tdogg

I'm waiting on hearing about your suicide,asshole

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