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.
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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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