Voters and Candidates Get Information about Conditions for Kids in 30 New Legislative Districts
Phoenix contact: Dana Wolfe Naimark
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Children’s Action Alliance released new fact sheets highlighting conditions for children and families in each of Arizona’s 30 newly drawn legislative districts. The fact sheets use recent U.S. Census data along with AIMS reading scores to paint a picture of some aspects of family life throughout Arizona.
“Arizona families need elected leaders who are accountable and work for them,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. “The fact sheets give both voters and candidates a good look at assets and needs for children so they can focus on the campaign issues that matter most for children’s success.”
The fact sheets show a wide variation in conditions in different parts of the state. The percentage of children living in poverty, for example, varies from only 6% in legislative district #23 (North Scottsdale and Fountain Hills) to 40% in legislative district #30 (West Phoenix and parts of Glendale).
Despite the variation, the statistics show that Arizonans face many common challenges. Even the wealthiest legislative districts include schools with low passing rates on the third grade AIMS reading test.
“The need for quality, affordable child care shouts out from the fact sheets,” said Naimark. In every single legislative district more than half of the children have all their parents in the labor force.
“Campaign promises and platforms mean a lot more when they are based on local conditions and priorities,” Naimark concluded. “This information gives candidates the chance to go beyond kissing babies in photo opps to supporting real strategies that improve children’s health, education, and security.”
The fact sheets can be viewed at www.azchildren.org.
Children’s Action Alliance is an independent voice for Arizona children at the state capitol and in the community. CAA works to improve children’s health, education, and security through information and action.