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Economic recession taking a toll on Kansas children, reports indicate

November 30, 2010


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— Many Kansas children aren’t faring well, according to two reports released Tuesday.

In its annual survey, Kansas Action for Children said the troubled economic times are having an impact on youngsters.

“As more working families struggle to make ends meet, more children are relying on free and reduced school lunches and more children are growing up without health coverage,” said Shannon Cotsoradis, president of KAC.

The new Kansas KIDS COUNT data showed that 45 percent of Kansas school children receive free or reduced lunch, 40 percent of children are growing up in low-income households, and 10 percent of Kansas children are uninsured.

“It’s no secret that Kansas families are feeling the pain of the economy,” Cotsoradis said. Despite the problems, she credited the Kansas Legislature with providing quality early-childhood education programs and affordable health coverage.

Another report showed that Kansas’ infant mortality rate remains a problem.

In 2009, 290 infant deaths occurred, which was 7 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the newest edition of the Annual Summary of Vital Statistics released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, who is the state health officer and director of KDHE’s Division of Health, said that “a particularly troubling public health issue in Kansas is the high infant mortality rate. Despite a decline from 2007 to 2009, the rate still remains too high.”

The disparity in the infant, neonatal and post-neonatal death rates between White non-Hispanics and Black non-Hispanics continues to be a public health concern, he said. The Black non-Hispanic infant death rate (15.5) is 2.6 times higher than the rate for White non-Hispanics (6.0).

Download the Kansas KIDS COUNT report here.

Download the latest Vital Statistics Summary here.


consumer1 7 years, 1 month ago

This statistic is probably skewed. My first and second year as a student at KU my daughter rec'd free/reduced lunch at school. After the second year (fourth semester) I was econimically viable. The school district contniued to tell me after I had taken her off the list that she was still eligible, I rec'd letters and phone calls trying to get me to set her up for free/reduced luches. These continued even after I graduated and had a professional job and was making good money. So, the school district in all probability probably skews these numbers in order to show everyone how the school district "NEEDS more money". It is all a game with them, while they build new schools without population figures, combine school to get more students into target areas where they can manipulate the numbers. And, all the while, paying enormous salaries to administrators. new furniture, new carpet, new computers. Basically what I am saying here is, they play their cards to make the citizens believe they are broke while spending money like it is going out of style on the bureacracy of making money to fund their high payrolls. Very little makes it to the students, new books computers etc.

MyName 7 years, 1 month ago

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".

tomatogrower 7 years, 1 month ago

The reason you probably kept getting the letters is because you were formerly eligible, not because they would get more money. Did you contact them to tell them to take you off the list? They don't exactly research all student's family income levels. Or did you continue to let your kids get free and reduced lunches? In which case, who is the moocher?

Kyle Reed 7 years, 1 month ago

"The school district contniued to tell me after I had taken her off the list that she was still eligible, I rec'd letters and phone calls trying to get me to set her up for free/reduced luches."

Did you even read what was posted before you started typing? It clearly says the child was removed from the list and they persisted in writing letters and calling trying to get consumer1 to establish the reduced/free lunches.

If they aren't examining the financial situation of every household they SHOULD BE!

Your attempt to turn the conversation around makes you look like an a**.

Kontum1972 7 years, 1 month ago

i find it ironic that they have money for sports and new stadiums...and isnt this a Dept of Education problem? K. Sebilius (sp) WRU?

9070811 7 years, 1 month ago

Those stadiums were from private donors...

yankeevet 7 years, 1 month ago

KU Sports make their own they have it for theirselves to keep up their buildings; maintenance; etc............

friendlyjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

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Richard Payton 7 years, 1 month ago

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Alia Ahmed 7 years, 1 month ago

As with the food stamp program, the school lunch program is administered by the Department of Agriculture. These programs not only help who can't afford to buy food, but also were designed to help farmers continue to have a market for their crops. Even children who don't qualify for free or reduced lunches benefit from the school lunch program. Schools need help supplementing the cost of school lunches that cost more than the the price charged for a school lunch.

I think people often blame the direct recipients without acknowledging or realizing many individuals and groups benefit from these programs besides "the reicipients".

Here's an interesting link to the Department of Agriculture's website that talks about the history of the school lunch program through the years.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 1 month ago

Logan72 (Alia Ahmed) says… "As with the food stamp program, the school lunch program is administered by the Department of Agriculture." === Logan: Reminds me we used to have a statesman/senator named Dole who worked on lots of these programs, particularly food stamps and school lunch. Coming up poor in Russell, KS, he remembered what it was like and often helped others through his legislative efforts. Roosevelt's famous: "I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished…." from his second inaugural was also an incentive to assist the poor. There is a long tradition here and many forget where it came from.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 1 month ago

December 2, 2010

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Why We Need to Reform the Senate Rules

All 42 Senate Republicans have signed a letter this week to Majority Leader Harry Reid, announcing that they will continue to delay and filibuster every piece of Senate legislative business until….they get their way on tax cuts and the federal budget.

The Obama administration and Democratic leaders support tax cuts for 98 percent of American families – those making less than $250,000 a year. But Republicans especially want a big tax cut for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans that will add $700 billion to the budget. The Republican Senators also have specific demands on the appropriations bills that fund government operations; they’re basically saying “our way or the highway.”

Just more of the same tactics that Senate Republicans have pursued throughout the 111th Congress, making debate and discussion impossible on issues important to working and middle class families. That’s why Employee Free Choice, a bill to end the tax break for companies that offshore jobs, Paycheck Fairness and other important bills went nowhere.

This strategy of “obstruct, then delay, then obstruct again” is all too obvious.

That’s why CWA and a broad coalition of organizations are pressing for crucial reform to these rules when Senators are sworn in for the 112th Congress. Specific principles call for an end to destructive secret holds, a reasonable opportunity for all Senators to express their views and a timely “yes or no” vote on every nomination and measure.


Flap Doodle 7 years, 1 month ago

You know what? I'd swear that I saw this exact same copy/paste on another thread today.

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