Urban Institute Report Shows that Most Latino Children Live in States that Spend Less Per Child
A report by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit group that carries out economic and social policy research, found that geographical factors play a role in how much a state spends on children and that there are substantial differences between states. States in the Southern and Western regions of the United States spend less per child than states in other regions and these two regions contain the states that almost half of the Latino children in the United States live in. The Southern and Western regions of the United States spend $7,000 or less per child, while states that spend $10,000 or more per child are in the Northeast region of the United States. Low spending per child by states has been shown to result in negative impacts on the education and health outcomes of children. According to NBC News,
While 45 percent of non-Latino white children are proficient in 4th grade reading, that number falls to 20 percent for Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native and black children. In addition, 40 percent of white children are proficient in 8th grade math, while it’s 20 percent for Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native and black children.
This is an important reminder that more states should spend more on education to better our nation’s future generations.
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