Approximately 26.2 percent of Texas children live in poverty, according to the 2013 report; a significant increase from 2005.
Additionally, the percentage of Texas kids who live in high poverty areas also continues to climb. Because kids living in concentrated poverty have much less access to community and neighborhood resources, they are much less likely to emerge from poverty over time.
Texas ranks 48th for this indicator, with approximately one of every six kids living in concentrated poverty.
“Our choices to decimate education funding during the 2011 state legislative session were only slightly improved with this session’s modest funding increases,” Deviney said. “Unfortunately, these increases do not even get us back to pre-cut funding levels for education and still leave an IOU for health care.
“Doing the bare minimum, like we did during the legislative session we just completed, may keep our kids’ well-being from significant decline but won’t go a long way toward ensuring improvements.
“It’s time Texas put kids first by making real investments in their future. Doing the bare minimum will keep our kids in the bottom 10 – and that’s not where we want, or need, to be.”
Locally, Perrin-Whitt ISD Superintendent John Kuhn said the report lines up with what he is seeing in schools across Texas.
“Kids are coming to school with greater needs than at any time in recent memory,” Kuhn said. “I believe the truest measure of a people is how well we take care of our children, especially the neediest and most vulnerable.
“With our state’s demographics changing – we are growing poorer and more diverse – it’s important that we come together to provide the conditions kids need to succeed.
“We only get one crack at raising the next generation of Texans. When our state and our schools and our communities of faith work together to give kids the things they need today, we will hopefully see a reduction in the number of broken adults tomorrow. We can’t afford to let our children fail to blossom.”