Report: Black children not faring well in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A new report says that black children are faring worse in Ohio than all but five other states.

An index that comparing milestones for kids across racial and ethnic groups shows black, Latino and American Indian children scoring well below whites in every region of the county.

The index -- compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and reported by The Columbus Dispatch -- shows just five states, all in the South or Midwest, posting lower scores for black children than Ohio.

The report looks at how children are faring on milestones that position them for success. It uses 12 indicators, including birth-weight data, reading and math proficiency, and neighborhood poverty.

The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio called the state's results for black children "dire."

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