Report: Michigan's child poverty rate down, but racial disparity apparent

Michigan's child poverty rate is down over last year, that's according to the annual Kids Count report released Tuesday. But in that report, it still shows large disparities among racial groups. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. – Michigan's child poverty rate is down over last year, that's according to the annual Kids Count report released Tuesday.

But in that report, it still shows large disparities among racial groups.

The group claims the poverty rate of black children is still at 42 percent, which is down from 47 percent in 2015.

But remains much higher than the 30 percent for latino kids, and 15 percent for white and asian children.

"Kids unfortunately, we still have too many kids that are living in poverty despite the narrative that things are so wonderful in our state. So we want to highlight that but we also want to talk about what are the recommendations? What can we do better as a state? What can we do better as a city to improve the outcomes for our kids,” said Gilda Jacobs, CEO of Michigan League for Public Policy.

The kids count report says more than 444,000 kids are living in poverty in Michigan and says 65 percent of Michigan students aren't college-ready.

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