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louisiana: 30 years of kids count headlines

“Old man reading newspaper” by Sam Wheeler via Negative Space

I have gathered a list – a collection of headlines – and I will update it because it provides a decades-long mirror into which we in Louisiana can gaze and see how our children have fared. The headlines are from news articles about Louisiana’s Kids Count ranking for child well-being.

This may be obvious, but it is important to note: Nothing about this collection is new news. This is a 30-year news story that grows older, but absolutely current each year.

The sample headlines in this short list are from among the 100’s of news articles published between 1991 and 2020 in Louisiana newspapers reporting on Louisiana’s annual rank on the Annie E. Casey Kids Count report. For 30 years, Louisiana has held the average rank of 49th in the nation when ranked for child well-being. This will not change until Louisiana’s children become a priority of Louisiana’s leaders.

Fund the future: State must prove kids do count
The Poor Kids: Children pay a high price for poverty
La. ranks worst in child poverty
Leading Indicators: Children’s poverty costs us in more ways than one
Report: State ranked 49th, Louisiana among worst for helping its children
Kids at risk. Report: many La. Children face poor odds from start
Blight takes the bloom out of Louisiana youth
Study: ‘At risk’ children, families keep increasing
La. Child poverty rate is 2nd in U.S.: Idle teenager percentage tops nation
La. Children: Odds against them
Study: Children in danger in state
La. life hard on kids: State ranks 49th in child quality of life
50th in the nation: Louisiana behind in caring for children
Kids count last in Louisiana
Kids Count: Have mercy on state’s children
Kid Stats: La. worst among states in children’s well-being
Study: Louisiana worst state to be a child
Child welfare improvements fall short
Louisiana’s children fight the odds
Louisiana’s children suffer: state ranks 50th in child well-being
Children: Despite improvements, state still trails nation
Study: La. lags in child health care
Study paints bleak picture for children
Children in Louisiana still deserve better
Study: State ranks 49th, Well-being of children still major concern
LA’s at 49 and holding: Do children count?
State among worst in nation for children affected by poverty
Fighting against all odds: Report shows Louisiana tops list of children living in poverty
La. 49th in child well-being
Report: State’s children face challenges
Kids Count data point finger at state
Time to say, ‘Enough!’
Mississippi only state below Louisiana in child well-being study
Estimated 29% of Acadia children living in poverty
Report: For kids, Louisiana is trouble
Louisiana ranks at bottom for child welfare
La. ranks 49th in children’s wellbeing
Louisiana ranks 49th nationwide in child welfare survey
State improves in annual kids survey, but economic issues still a hurdle for many
Report: Economic well-being of kids slips
Louisiana’s kids are worse off than those in 46 other states, report says
Louisiana is at the bottom of another list: Child poverty numbers called ‘disturbing’
State among worst places to be a child
La. Almost last in Kids Count 2015
More children in poverty now than during recession
Louisiana near bottom in Kids Count 2015
Report: Louisiana’s youth too poor, too sickly, well-being of kids is among worst in US
‘Family values state’ that doesn’t value families? Kids Count ranking reveals Louisiana’s challenges, some bright spots
One in four Louisiana kids live in poverty
Without Pre-K, Louisiana children start off at a disadvantage
Louisiana remains one of the worst states for child well-being
Louisiana ranked 49th in child welfare

Here’s the bibliography proper:

YearRankHeadline
199051Wiley Hilburn Jr., Judy Johnson, Frank May. (1991, June 22) “Fund the future: State must prove kids do count”. The Times, pp. 16A
199149Thao Hua. (1992, March 30) “The Poor Kids: Children pay a high price for poverty”. The Times, pp. 9A
199249Thao Hua. (1992, March 23) “La. ranks worst in child poverty”. The Times, pp. 1A
199249Nichele Hoskins, Rodney Grunes. (1992, March 24) “Leading Indicators: Children’s poverty costs us in more ways than one”. The Times, pp. 17A
199249Bill Decker. (1992, March 23) “Report: State ranked 49th, Louisiana among worst for helping its children. The Daily Advertiser, pp. 1
199349Mary Foster. (1993, March 29) “Kids at risk. Report: many La. Children face poor odds from start”. The Town Talk, pp. A1, A2
199349David Westerfield. (1993, March 29) “Blight takes the bloom out of Louisiana youth”. The Times, pp. 1A, 2A
199349Richard Whitmire. (1993, March 29) “Study: ‘At risk’ children, families keep increasing”. The Times, pp. 2A
199349Mary Foster. (1993, March 29) “La. Child poverty rate is 2nd in U.S.: Idle teenager percentage tops nation”. Daily World, pp. 2
199349NEW ORLEANS. (AP). (1993, March 29) “La. Children: Odds against them”. St. Mary and Franklin Banner-Tribune, pp. 4
199349Bill Decker. (1993, March 29) “Study: Children in danger in state”. The Daily Advertiser, pp. A1, A4
199449Jack Mitchell. (1994, April 25) “La. life hard on kids: State ranks 49th in child quality of life”. The Times, pp. 1B, 2B
199550Bill Decker. (1995, April 26) “50th in the nation: Louisiana behind in caring for children”. The Daily Advertiser, pp. A1
199650NEW ORLEANS. (AP). (1996, June 3) “Kids count last in Louisiana”. Daily World, pp. 1,13
199650Wiley Hilburn Jr., Frank May, Martha H. Fitzgerald. (1996, June 21) “Kids Count: Have mercy on state’s children”. The Times, pp. 4B
199750Jeff Conrad. (1997, May 5) “Kid Stats: La. worst among states in children’s well-being”. The Town Talk, pp. A1, A2
199850Cindy Urrea. (1998, May 5) “Study: Louisiana worst state to be a child”. The Daily Advertiser, pp. 7A
199949Claire Taylor. (1999, September 26) “Child welfare improvements fall short”. Sunday Advertiser, pp. 1A, 10A
200050Alisa Singley. (2000, January 30) “Louisiana’s children fight the odds”. The Times, pp. 11A
200050Angela Watkins. (2000, June 20) “Louisiana’s children suffer: state ranks 50th in child well-being” and “Children: Despite improvements, state still trails nation”. The Times, pp. 1A, 2A
200149NEW ORLEANS. (AP). (2001, February 20) “Study: La. lags in child health care”. The Daily Advertiser, pp. 8A
200149The Associated Press. (2001, February 20) “Study paints bleak picture for children”. The Daily Review, pp. 6
200249Louisiana Voices. (2002, June 9) “Children in Louisiana still deserve better”. The News-Star, pp. 3B
200349Staff and wire reports. (2003, June 12) “Study: State ranks 49th, Well-being of children still major concern. The News-Star, pp. 3A, 4A
200349The Times Editorial Board. (2003, July 6) “LA’s at 49 and holding: Do children count?”. The Times, pp. 61
200449Jim Bradshaw. (2004, June 3) “State among worst in nation for children affected by poverty”. The Daily Advertiser, pp. 3B
200549Karina Donica. (2005, August 1) “Fighting against all odds: Report shows Louisiana tops list of children living in poverty”. The News-Star, pp. 1A, 8A
200649Jordan Blum. (2006, June 28) “La. 49th in child well-being”. The News-Star, pp. 1A, 10A
200749NEW ORLEANS. (AP). (2007, July 26) “Report: State’s children face challenges”. Abbeville Meridional, pp. 3
200749Mary Jimenez. (2007, July 25) “Kids Count data point finger at state”. The Times, pp. 4B
200749Times Editorial Staff. (2007, July 25) “Time to say, ‘Enough!’”. The Times, pp. B1
200849Mandy M. Goodnight. (2008, June 13) “Mississippi only state below Louisiana in child well-being study”. The Town Talk, pp. A1, A4
200949New Orleans. (2009, December 6) “Estimated 29% of Acadia children living in poverty”. The Rayne Acadian-Tribune, pp. 10
201049Reprint Town Talk Editorial. (2010, July 30) “Report: For kids, Louisiana is trouble”. The News-Star, pp. 3B
201149AUTHOR. (2011, August 17) “Louisiana ranks at bottom for child welfare”. Daily Comet, pp. WEB
201149AUTHOR. (2011, August 17) “La. ranks 49th in children’s wellbeing”. The Advocate, pp. WEB
201149AUTHOR. (2011, August 17) “Louisiana ranks 49th nationwide in child welfare survey”. The Times-Picayune, pp. WEB
201247Jeff Matthews. (2012, July 26) “State improves in annual kids survey, but economic issues still a hurdle for many”. The Town Talk, pp. A1, A5
201346Susan Montoya Bryan. (2013, June 25) “Report: Economic well-being of kids slips”. The Town Talk, pp. A1, A2
201447AUTHOR. (2014, July 22) “Louisiana’s kids are worse off than those in 46 other states, report says”. The Times-Picayune, pp. WEB
201548Alexandria Burris and Jennifer Calfas. (2015, July 23) “Louisiana is at the bottom of another list: Child poverty numbers called ‘disturbing’”. Daily World, pp. A1, A3
201548Lex Talamo. (2015, November 10) “State among worst places to be a child”. The Daily Advertiser, pp. 9A, 14A
201548Editorial Board. (2015, July 23) “La. Almost last in Kids Count 2015”. The News-Star, pp. 5B
201548Jennifer Calfas. (2015, July 22) “More children in poverty now than during recession”. The News-Star, pp. 10A
201548AUTHOR. (2015, July 22) “Louisiana near bottom in Kids Count 2015”. The News-Star, pp.
201648Miranda Klein. (2016, June 21) “Report: Louisiana’s youth too poor, too sickly, well-being of kids is among worst in US”. The Town Talk, pp. 1A, 8A
201748AUTHOR. (2017, June 13) “‘Family values state’ that doesn’t value families? Kids Count ranking reveals Louisiana’s challenges, some bright spots”. The Times-Picayune, pp. WEB
201748Miranda Klein. (2017, June 13) “One in four Louisiana kids live in poverty”. The Town Talk, pp. 1A
201849AUTHOR. (2018, June 29) “Without Pre-K, Louisiana children start off at a disadvantage”. The Times-Picayune, pp. WEB
201949AUTHOR. (2019, June 18) “Louisiana remains one of the worst states for child well-being”. 4WWL.com, pp. WEB
201949AUTHOR. (2019, June 24) “Louisiana ranked 49th in child welfare”. Louisiana Weekly, pp. WEB
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