When it comes to kids and their well-being, Texas isn’t doing a very good job. In fact, the state ranks very close to the bottom of the list – at 43.

That ranking comes from the latest “Kids Count” study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Texas-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, which looked at areas like education rankings and the number of children without health insurance.

Jennifer Lee, a research associate with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, says the ranking looks at four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family and community. The data is tallied for each state and the rankings come from that. Texas did worst in the county in family and community.

“Family and community looks at some of the surrounding environment of children,” she says, “so, for example, what percentage of children live in a high-poverty neighborhood? We know from research that living in a high-poverty neighborhood often comes with some negative impacts on child well-being.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What improvements Texas made in children’s health

– Why Texas has consistently ranked in the bottom

– How Texas families continue to struggle financially

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  • Anonymous June 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    The child protective services system is outdated and unregulated. Self-monitoring does not work. They need to outside oversight and be accountable. The workers run on hunches and statistics. We don’t need more CPS workers, we need better CPS workers training.

  • Candace June 22, 2016 at 10:46 am

    There was never any mention in this segment about the enormous impact illegal immigrants have on the ranking of Texas’ education system. Without correcting for that these studies are meaningless. I have gone to school in many states and Texas schools are some of the best.