How Child Poverty In Texas Changes When You Consider Race | KERA News

How Child Poverty In Texas Changes When You Consider Race

Apr 13, 2016

A new report looks at poverty through the lens of race and equal opportunityThe State of Texas Children, released Wednesday, shows one in four Texas kids live in poverty. For children in black and Latino families, the statistic jumps to one in three.

While the number of children without health insurance continues to decrease, Texas is tied with Alaska for the highest uninsured rate in the nation; 11 percent overall and 15 percent for Latino kids.

“We know from the data that Hispanic parents are very connected to jobs, but oftentimes they are working in jobs that don’t offer health insurance for the children of their employees, so that’s one hurdle," says Jennifer Lee, author of the report which is put out by the Center For Public Policy Priorities in Austin. Read a summary here.

The report explores everything from hunger to the impact of attending school in a high-poverty district. Check out county by county data here.