Arkansas Loses, Gains Ground in Kids Wellness Study

JUNE 27, 2006 - Posted at 7:36 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas kids gained ground in some areas and lost ground in others in the 2006 Kids Count Data Book.

Arkansas slipped from 44th last year to 45th this year out of the 50 states in the survey compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report considers ten measures of the well being of children and uses data from 2003 and 2004.

The state improved in having a smaller number of teenagers who are not in school and not working.  Arkansas was 18th nationally in that category.  The state drew low marks for poverty, which the study says is growing in Arkansas.

New Hampshire had the overall best measure in the study.  Scoring lower than Arkansas were Tennessee, South Carolina, New Mexico, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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