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My Home State of Texas
Texas ranks 44th among the states in overall child health and well-being, according to data in 2012 Kids Count Data Book. The Data Book examines how children are doing in 4 areas:
1. Economic Well Being
4. Family and Community
Texas had a child poverty rate above the U.S. rate of 22 percent, with 26 percent or one in four Texas kids living in poverty in 2010. The data show the number of poor children increased by 4 percent from 2005 to 2010, and the rate of children living in homes where no parent has a full-time job increased by 19 percent.
Texas has the third highest teen birth rate in the country and saw a 2% increase in the number of babies born at a low birth weight.
My two cents for whatever it maybe worth to you: This is not what I want for our kids. We all need to join together and do something to change it. As a school principal it is our job to grow the next leaders of this country.