Letter: State leaders need to put children first

 On July 22, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2014 Kids Count Data Book, which ranks Louisiana 47th among the states in overall child well-being and in education. On the same day, proponents of Common Core sued Gov. Bobby Jindal on grounds that he has overstepped constitutional boundaries in his efforts to halt Common Core assessments.
In the shadows of the legal dispute, the 2014 Kids Count Profile states that 50 percent of Louisiana’s children are not attending preschool, 77 percent of fourth-graders are not reading proficiently, 79 percent of our eighth-graders are not proficient in math, and 28 percent of the state’s high school students are not graduating on time.

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