Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

April 2, 2014

Report: Black children lag in overall well-being

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A report by a private foundation finds the well-being of Michigan's white children slightly below the national average while black children significantly lag the nation.

The findings are part of a Kids Count index released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report titled "Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children" says Michigan has the third-lowest score for the overall well-being of black children. White kids ranked 32nd out of 50.

The report is based on 12 indicators, including babies born at normal birth weight, proficient or higher scores on math and reading tests, on-time high school graduation, delaying child-bearing until adulthood and living in low-poverty areas.

Officials say the report should serve as a scorecard and catalyst for policymakers on children's progress.

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