Oregon is falling behind other states when comes to the well-being of its children. According to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the state ranks 31st overall in its measure of how kids are doing in four categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Chris Coughlin is the legislative director for Children First for Oregon, and he says it’s alarming that the state ranks in the bottom half of states on economic well-being at 29th….
Although numbers have improved since the Recession, the report finds nearly a third of Oregon children are living in households with high housing costs. The state fares worse in education, at 41st in the nation.