The latestÂ Kids Count reportÂ from theÂ Annie E. Casey FoundationÂ was released last week. Itâs the 25thÂ edition of the report, and it once again shows Texas ranks low among the U.S. states in overall child well-being.
That ranking is based on a variety of factors, including education (more than half of Texas children donât attend pre-school), and economic indicators, like the percentage of kids living in poverty.
But public policy experts and social scientistsÂ donât always agreeÂ on what data to use to define something like poverty.
WeÂ talk withÂ Texas Kids Count director Frances DevineyÂ from theÂ Center for Public Policy PrioritiesÂ about the Lone Star stateâs place in the latest Kids Count report, and the 24 that preceded it. And we explore what a quarter century of such reporting may tell us about whether policies designed to serve our kids in the Lone Star State are as effective as they could be.
Then, we hear an alternate view fromÂ Chuck Devore, Vice President of Policy with theÂ Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative Texas think tank which takes issue with the Kids Count reportâs use of the federal governmentâs traditional measure of poverty, and prefers the use of whatâs called aÂ supplemental measureÂ of poverty.
And finally, we’re joined by Dr. Robert Sanborn, President and CEO ofÂ Children at Risk, a Houston-based nonprofit, to discuss the state of child well-being here in Greater Houston.