Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Kansas State University researchers have completed a report on baseline data on childhood poverty that will be used in efforts to improve the lives of children, including reducing the number of births to unwed mothers.
The data was presented Monday as a new task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback begins its work finding ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas. The task force includes members of the Republican governor's cabinet, nonprofit organizations and the clergy.
The Kansas State report ranked of all 105 counties based on 18 indicators, including the percentage of children in poverty, divorce, employment and births to unwed mothers.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a senior fellow from the Brookings Institution says births to unwed mothers was a leading cause of poverty.