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Frances Deviney

Report: Texas Among Worst States For Kids

“Our movement is in the right direction but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Frances Deviney, Kids Count director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a left-leaning Austin think tank. The report contains data from 2011 or earlier, the most-recent available. It found that ...

Report: 47 Percent Increase in Texas Child Poverty Rate

Poverty is “almost a canary in the coal mine,” said Frances Deviney, Texas Kids Count director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. “Poverty is not destiny, but it certainly puts kids off on the wrong foot.” It’s a key measure of child well-being, according to the report, which ...

Texas shows improvement in latest Kids Count report

"It still puts us in the bottom 10, but we're moving in a direction where we improved," said Frances Deviney, the Texas Kids Count Director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. "That's the direction we want to be going. " The Annie E. Casey foundation out of Baltimore collects and ...

Poverty rate declines for first time since recession

“It’s really encouraging that we’re moving in the right direction, but we still have a significant proportion of our population that needs help,” said Frances Deviney, who tracks child welfare at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank that advocates for low-income ...

Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 6

We agree with Frances Deviney from the Center for Public Policy Priorities, who highlighted this education gap in a statement he made to the Dallas Morning News in which he said “it is imperative that our kids get a strong early start that helps counteract the effects of poverty and our ...

Report: Kids in Texas have it rough Schools News from Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington,...

Frances Deviney, Texas Kids Count director at the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, said the results are sobering but encouraging. “We know what works to build healthy, strong and economically secure kids,” Deviney said. “It’s time Texas put kids first by making ...

New Child Well-Being Report Finds Blanco County Kids Still Struggling Despite Economic Recovery

“Although poverty is certainly not destiny, poverty is still arguably the most important predictor of how kids are doing,” said Frances Deviney, Texas KIDS COUNT director and senior research associate at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. The Texas KIDS COUNT report shows that 48 ...

BOR: The War on Poverty at 50: Where Are We Now?

According Frances Deviney, Texas Kids Count director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, "Poverty is not destiny, but it certainly puts kids off on the wrong foot. " These issues are then compounded by the ongoing resistance to health care and disinvestment in schools at the ...

Appellate Court Overturns DeLay Conviction

We know what works; we’ve proven it before,” wrote Frances Deviney, a senior research associate with the Center for Public Policy Priorities. "It’s time for Texas and the U.S. to decide that our current poverty rates are unacceptable and commit to solutions that we know make a real ...

Texas and the American dream » Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Frances Deviney is a senior research associate and Texas KIDS COUNT director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Don Baylor Jr. is a senior policy analyst focusing on economic opportunity for CORPUS CHRISTI — As the Texas Legislature starts drafting a budget and writing laws that ...

Growing Up in America 2/11/13

Interview: Dr. Frances Deviney, Texas Kids Count Director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, talks about poverty in Texas. Interview: Pediatrician Dr. Claire Bocchini talks about some obesity prevention related bills...

How much do Amarilloans need to make ends meet? New website provides insight

“The budgets we’ve created paint a picture of what it takes for Texas families to cover basic needs and have a safe and healthy lifestyle,” said Frances Deviney, senior research associate at the center. “They don’t account for what it takes to get ahead, such as college savings for their ...

OpportunityTexas: Many default on student loans

“The way to get any movement started is to bring people’s stories out and into the light,” said Dr. Frances Deviney, senior research associate with OpportunityTexas. “The data is helpful to give a broad view, but until you see faces, it’s hard to make those numbers move in the way they ...

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