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Ohio's Child Poverty Rate Sees Slight Improvement

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A recent report by the non-partisan Annie E. Casey Foundation shows despite an improved economy since 2008, the rate of Ohio children living in high-poverty areas has seen little change. 

The report shows 13 percent of Ohio children live in areas where 30 percent of residents are below the poverty line, a slight improvement over 2008. Foundation spokesperson Scot Spencer:

Tracy Najera with the Children's Defense Fund of Ohio says 329 thousand such kids face higher levels of chronic stress, greater exposure to environmental hazards and tend to earn less as adults:

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The report recommends improving Ohio's affordable housing stock, business investment in low-income areas and building more high quality schools.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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