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Evan Horowitz

Mass. children No. 1, but compared to whom?

It’s official. Kids in Massachusetts are number one. That’s the finding of this year’s KIDS COUNT Data Book, which looks across all 50 states and compares things like test scores, child poverty rates, teen pregnancy, and health insurance coverage.

While it’s nice to see Massachusetts children leading the nation, it’s not that surprising. We’re a very rich state, which means our government has more money to invest in schools, parents can afford more help and enrichment, and almost everyone has access to good health care. Call it the Massachusetts vs. Mississippi problem. Yes, kids in the Commonwealth are doing better than kids in the Magnolia State, which came in 50th out of 50 in the KIDS COUNT rankings. But then we have vastly more resources.

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