It's back-to-school time for many of our nation's young people, and today we are taking a look at the status of children in our state and across the country. The 2017 Kids Count Data Book, a new report from the Baltimore-based Annie E Casey Foundation, ranks all 50 states by measures of health, education, economic well-being and more. As more than 16 million American children currently live in poverty, our panel considers how to best meet the challenges that this most vulnerable segment of our population faces. Where does Maryland stand in the rankings? And how can obstacles be overcome through more effective policies and social services?
Tom is joined in Studio A by Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Casey Foundation; Becky Wagner, executive director of Advocates for Children & Youth in Baltimore (the Maryland partner for the Casey Foundation’s Kids Count project); and Dr. Camika Royal, assistant professor of Urban Education at Loyola University Maryland and co-director of Loyola’s Center for Innovation in Urban Education.