Alabama Slides Back Down a Notch on 'Kids Count'

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has slid down a notch on the
2009 Kids Count survey that tracks the well being of children in
each state by using a variety of benchmarks.
The state is ranked 48th in the study released Tuesday by the
Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report says Alabama has shown
improvements in four of 10 indicators: infant mortality, teen birth
rate, high school dropout rate and the percent of teens who aren't
in school and are not working.
But the state did worse in the percent of low-birth weight
babies, teen death rate, percent of kids in single-parent families,
child poverty, and the percent of children in families with parents
who aren't employed full-time.
The child death rate in Alabama stayed the same.

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