ERIC Number: ED366430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Illinois Kids Count: 1993 Report Card.
Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
This "report card" grades the state of education, health, special needs services, and economic security among Illinois children in 1993. Illinois ranked 38th out of the 50 states in financial contribution per student for education, but had a high disparity in revenues per pupil at the county level, thus earning a "D+" grade for education. Nearly 1 in 7 Illinois children had no health insurance, and 28 states had lower infant mortality rates, giving the state a "D" in regard to child health. Of the state's special needs children, nearly 1 in 8 had been born to an unwed teenage mother lacking a high school diploma, and the number of children in foster care in 1993 had doubled since 1985, giving the state a "D-" grade for special needs. In Illinois nearly 1 in 10 families lived in poverty, and the state's Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) payments were way below the national average, giving the state an "F" grade for economic security. Overall, the state received a "D-" grade for how it cared for the children of Illinois. The Kids First Agenda recommends that the state increase its support for education, adopt a comprehensive health care delivery system for children and families, adopt improved family preservation programs, and increase state AFDC payments and job training programs for low-income single-parent households. (MDM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Child Health, Child Welfare, Comparative Analysis, Early Childhood Education, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Local Norms, Poverty, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, State Aid, State Programs, State Standards, State Surveys, Unwed Mothers
Voices for Illinois Children, 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1580, Chicago, IL 60604 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Kraft General Foods Foundation, Glenview, IL.
Authoring Institution: Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
Identifiers: Illinois; Special Needs Children
Note: For related documents, see ED 352 196 and PS 021 988.