Arizona Ranked Among Worst States for Kids, Which Probably Won't Surprise Anyone

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Think of the children.
Believe it or not, a national group that promotes the welfare of children believes Arizona's not the greatest place for kids.

Arizona ranks 46th out of the 50 states in child well-being, according to Kids Count, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

That ranking's based on a few groups of indicators, including economic well-being, education, health, and family. Arizona sucks at just about all of 'em.

Take economic well-being, which also ranked 46th out of 50. Almost one-quarter of the state's kiddos are living in poverty.

In education, also ranked 46th, most kids aren't going to preschool, most fourth-graders aren't proficient in reading, and most eighth-graders aren't proficient in math.

Since our state's schools chief apparently isn't the best at math, either, it's not that surprising.

Perhaps most surprising about Arizona's ranking is health for youngsters, which came in at 36th out of 50 -- the state's best ranking.

Child and teen deaths aren't that much higher than the national average, although based on what we've seen, luck may have had a hand in that. For example, people who drive around with kids on the roof of their car, or use infants as ash trays, or keep their kid in a house covered with feces.

Then there are the kids who aren't lucky, like the baby who died because mom was just "too tired" to take them to the hospital, or the kid who was just tossed in the garbage after she died.

That said, Arizona's still not the worst when it comes to health, even though the state's high-schoolers love them some drugs.

As for family, Arizona's back down in the dumps -- ranking 46th -- with more single-parent homes, fewer parents with high school diplomas, higher poverty, and way more teen births than the national average.

In case you want to prevent moving to a state that seems to be shittier for kids than Arizona, don't go to Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, or Louisiana.

Check out the whole report here, and Arizona's page here.



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snowylegalqueen
snowylegalqueen

A sad state of affairs. In a state where the sheriff is more concerned about the president's birth certificate and the govenor about keeping in line with her party to deny people access to health care..Not surprised one bit.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

Love me some libertarians!  Yeah - them libertarian leaning Republican in Arizona, KNOW how I like them chillins to be treated - TOUGH!  Yeah, tough love - keep dem girlys barefoot and pregnant and the boys dumb as a bunch of rocks - then we'll get that cheap labor all the world's businesses been yammering for.  Hell, we Arizonans got kids that can build them I-Phoneys and computors just as well as them dumb-ass chinks can!  Besides, we don't need a bunch of smart assed kids in prison - where most of em gonna end up anyway (hopefully cause my recent stock purchases in Brewer's prison planet company gots to pay off).  Anyway, my point is stop yer complainin New Times and get a couple of interns from the local high school to fetch me some coffee.

 

Jim Crow

 

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ChrisLongski
ChrisLongski

Am surprised NT didn't 'get it' !

 

Uh, AZ is one of the worst states for ANYBODY !

 

Especially if you're not a Fat Cat.

hansome
hansome

And what's up with firing Paul Rubin? Huh?

hansome
hansome

Yeah, Arizona is a knuckle dragging state of conservatism.  Unlike enlightened New York or California.  Try raising your kid in Los Angeles or Compton.  Just cuz some liberal group ranks AZ low for not having a bunch of expensive liberal programs, doesn't mean AZ is truly bad for kids.  I'll take this place over a state that tolerates crime and has such high taxes that people can't even afford to have kids.  Of course, the Feds are trying to even out that playing field.

guest
guest

illegal aliens and their anchor babies are skewing our data! factor them out and we'll lead the country in beautiful, smart and healthy children.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

Brewer, Montgomery and the rest of the so called right to lifers must be having a wet (day)dream thinking about all of the future customers for their profit driven prisons.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

But we sure do protect them fetuses.

 

Right t0 life=Right to a shitty life.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @guest oh really? so the that would suddenly bring children out of poverty?

 

you are a moron.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @RetiredArmy yup keep em stupid and they will commit crimes eventually.

 

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @truthseekeraz Love the fetus hate the child, love the fetus hate the child.. that's the GOP mantra!

 

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