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"Movin' On Up" - MT Does Better for Kids in National Report

July 25, 2007

Montana is "movin' on up" in a report that tracks how kids are doing across the country. The state is ranked 29th for children in the new Kids Count report released today, up from 34th last year. Steve Seninger with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana says the infant mortality rate is down, and so is the high school drop out rate.

"When you look at some of the school achievement test scores in reading and math, compared to the nation, Montana looks stronger."

Seninger notes that while the state looks good in the ranking, Montana actually lost ground in several categories, such as the number of children living in poverty, and the number of kids without health care coverage. The state ranked best for kids in the report is Minnesota. Neighboring states Idaho and Wyoming both ranked higher than Montana.

He believes Montana needs to focus more on education and prevention when it comes to teens drinking and driving because it's a contributing factor to an increase in the teen death rate.

"Our underage drinking rates, and drinking and driving, are some of the highest along with one or two other Western states."

The full report is at

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT