A recent report by the Anne E. Casey foundation ranks Arizona 46th in the nation in Child Wellbeing, above only Nevada, Louisiana, New Mexico and Mississippi.
A full 25% of our children live in poverty.
The number of Arizona children still living in state custody would fill Talking Stick Arena—despite the fact that Gov. Jan Brewer created the Department of Child Safety over four years ago to seriously address this problem.
70% of our fourth-graders are not proficient in reading, and 65% of our eighth-graders fall short in math proficiency.
Only 13 states have a higher teen-birth rate than Arizona.
Child poverty continues to be an issue, and will only continue to get worse as lack of investment in education becomes the norm. Bootstraps are only useful if parents can afford boots for their kids.