The new 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book brings attention to national and state-level data on the well-being of children and the results are sobering for Michigan, with more children living in poverty and trailing behind in education.
Despite an uptick in Michigan’s economy, a quarter of Michigan’s children live in poverty with much higher rates for children of color, and the state ranks 38th in the education domain in this year’s report, with 69 percent of fourth graders below reading proficiency.
The world economy is demanding an educated workforce and reading proficiency is at the center. Without investing in these children long before they reach the end of third grade, we are choosing to jeopardize the long-term growth and economic development of our state. (more…)