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Why are Wisconsin kids falling behind?

Wisconsin children are the 13th-best-off of all the kids in the nation. That’s not so bad. We are solidly in the top half of the states. Thirteenth is pretty good, right? We do pretty well in education; we are not so great in health measures.

But there is one small problem. And I hesitate to bring this up. But the very best state for kids, according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is our next-door neighbor and most hated rival. It is the Ned Flanders to Wisconsin’s Homer Simpson.

The best state in the nation for children is Minnesota.


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