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New report profiles racial gap in America and where Michigan stands

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -  A new report says that in every region in America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children.
 
The report titled "Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children" is being released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades has worked to improve child well-being in the United States.
 
It looks at 12 indicators measuring a child's success from birth to adulthood, including reading and math proficiency, high school graduation data, teen birthrates and employment prospects.
 
Nationally Asian children scored the highest, followed by white children, Latino children and American-Indian kids. African-American children scored the lowest.
 
Casey Foundation president Patrick McCarthy says the findings are "a call to action that requires serious and sustained attention from the private, nonprofit,
philanthropic and government sectors to create equitable opportunities for children of color."

In Michigan the report finds the well-being of white children is slightly below the national average while black children significantly lag the nation.

"For us to be third lowest in the country was pretty shocking," said Jane Zehnder-Merrell, director of the Kids Count in Michigan project at the Michigan League for Public Policy in Lansing. "The country doesn't look very good either."

The national average score is 345 points out of a possible 1,000.

Michigan's score was 244.

This is the first time the Kids Count project looked at data on children by racial and ethnic groups across the country and by state.

Click HERE to read the report and see how counties stack up as well.