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8.2.5 Share of 8th, 10th & 12th Graders Who Claim to be in a Gang: Gangs and their related activities threaten public safety in both large and small communities across the United States. It is estimated that there are almost 1 million gang members (including both youth and adults) in roughly 26,000 different gangs throughout the US. It used to be that these gangs were something that only urban or inner-city communities worried about, but recent studies and reports from the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Gang Intelligence Center show otherwise. Membership in gangs has spread outward from the inner-cities to the more information...  (10/04/2017)

6.2.5 Share of 10th Graders Who Last Used Tobacco/E-Cig/Vape Pens in the Last 30-Days: Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. The effects that smoking can have on a person's health are numerous and include an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases. Smoking during pregnancy can result in miscarriages, premature delivery, and sudden infant death syndrome. Environmental (second hand) tobacco smoke increases the risk of heart disease and significant lung conditions, especially asthma and bronchitis in children. Fortunately, smoking rates have more information...  (09/27/2017)

4.1.2 Share of Entering Kindergarteners Demonstrating Multiple Domains of Readiness of WaKids State Standards: Learning is a cumulative process and every step of the way students are being taught the skills in order to advance to the next grade level. Once behind, it is hard for most students to catch up because the curriculum doesn’t slow down. The earlier one falls behind, the harder time a child will have as s/he moves to the next level. If a student fails to achieve the standards required to move onto the next grade, they then must suffer the emotional and social difficulties of being held back a grade. The more students struggle with academics, the higher the likelihood more information...  (09/20/2017)

3.5.2 Total and Share of Population Ages 0-17 Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Benefits: TANF, or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, is the primary Federal welfare program. With the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, TANF replaced the prior system. TANF requires recipients to work, ranging from 30 hours/week for single parents to 35-55 hours per week for two-parent families. TANF-defined work can cover a variety of forms, including training, community service, on-the-job experience, job search, or actual paid employment. TANF sets a maximum of 5 years on the program, but allows states to exceed that level for 20% of its recipients. In general, TANF uses block grants to the states to fund the program, with certain cost-sharing requirements. In return, states have more flexibility in program administration than they did under more information....  (09/13/2017)