Are children across the country on equal footing when it comes to pursuing the American dream?
Urban Institute’s Julia Isaacs has released a new study that demonstrates that state spending on children varies widely and there is a strong geographic pattern to these variations. Latino and American Indian or Alaska Native children are much more likely than non-Latino white and black children to live in low-spending states, with nearly half living in states that spend less than $7,000 per child.
Though children’s outcomes are affected by many dimensions, children that live in states that spend more on them tend to be healthier and better educated.
The research suggests that population growth in already low-spending states could result in even wider inequity in the coming years.
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