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An annual report that analyzes the overall well-being of children ranked Florida #35 among the states.

Why it matters: Kids have been among those hit hardest by the pandemic, with shifts to school and socialization, so sitting solidly in the bottom half is cause for concern.

  • Plus, the data used for this set is from 2019, so it does not yet take into account COVID's toll.

State of play: The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks the status of children in four main categories: economic well-being, education, health and family and community.

The big picture: Our overall rank is the same as last year, and our rank for economic well-being also stayed the same at #42.

  • But we improved in other categories, jumping from #34 to #32 for family and community, from #16 to #12 for education, and from #38 to #31 for health.

Things to be proud of: Our rate of high schoolers not graduating on time plummeted from 29% in 2010-2011 to 13% in 2018-2019.

  • Children without health insurance went from 13% in 2010 to 8% in 2019.

Room for growth: 48% of children aged 3-4 were not in school from 2017-2019, down only slightly from 50% in 2009-2011.

  • 69% of eighth-graders weren't proficient in math in 2019, compared to 71% in 2009.
  • 62% of fourth-graders weren't proficient in reading, up slightly from 64% in 2009.
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A federal appeals court is set to hear a challenge Wednesday to a vaccine mandate planned for New York City school employees.

Why it matters The vaccine mandate was set to begin on Monday, prompting concerns over staffing shortages in schools across the nation's largest school system. But a judge on Friday temporarily blocked the measure, per AP.