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'Kids Count' Rankings Show Slight Improvement Across Texas

The report ranks Texas 41st among the 50 states

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    'Kids Count' Rankings Show Slight Improvement Across Texas
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    In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 file photo, Oumou Balde, 4, left, plays with her teacher Jacqualine Sanchez, right, and some pretend food in a pre-kindergarten class at the Sheltering Arms Learning Center in New York.

    The latest national report on the well-being of children by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Texas has improved its overall economic, health, education and social factors for children, although the state remains in the bottom 20 percent of the rankings.

    The "Kids Count" report released Monday ranks Texas 41st among the 50 states, an improvement from 43rd a year ago. The current ranking is based on data from 2017 as compared to 2010.

    The state showed improvement with lower percentages of children in poverty; the teen birth rate and the number of children living in single parent families, and an increase in the percentage of children who have health insurance.

    The report shows an increase in the childhood and teen death rate.

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