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Kids Count Survey Results In

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(WLNS) - For the first time ever a national report ranks the well-being of children across the country.

According to race the results are concerning for kids in Michigan and it's causing concern for many people across the state.

"Kids Count" project director Jane Zehnder-Merrell says Michigan's future depends on its current children and this report doesn't give the state a desirable outlook.

"For our two largest groups of children, white and African-American, that constitutes roughly 90 percent of all our kids, we have outcomes worse than the national average."
for white kids.", says Zehnder-Merrell.

The state stands just under the national average but for African-American children the state has the third lowest score in the nation.

Early this year Governor Rick Snyder requested $65 Million for early childhood education.     

Senator Rick Jones says we also need to address crime.
"We need safe ways for them to walk to school and once they get there, they need safe schools.", says Jones.

He hopes those changes make significant strides for students in our state.

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