ASD to focus on preschool after study ranks Alaska 49th in US education

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New national statistics on the well-being of children in the U.S. show Alaska near the bottom of the ranks for education. The 2019 Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks the state 49th in the category, just ahead of New Mexico.

During the announcement of the data Monday, president and CEO of Alaska Children's Trust Trevor Storrs said the state's children are suffering. Along with the low-ranking for education, the Alaska ranked last in the nation for children's health.

According to the study, only 37% of Alaska's ages 3 and 4 attend a form of prekindergarten schooling from 2013 to 2017; 64% of the same age group were not in school at all from 2015 to 2017.

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