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The Count: The percentage of Louisiana fourth-graders who are not “proficient readers” 

71 percent

Source: Kids Count Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation last week released its annual "KIDS COUNT Data Book," which measures key factors in child development to come up with its ranking of "child-friendly states."

  Among the study's other findings is more bad news for the state: The percentage of Louisiana kids living in poverty is up (28 percent in the most recent study, as opposed to 25 percent in 2008). On a more positive front, the percentage of uninsured children is down (5 percent; it was 8 percent in 2008).

  Overall, Louisiana was ranked the 48th most "child-friendly" state. Only Mississippi and New Mexico had lower overall scores. — KEVIN ALLMAN


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