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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                July HERALDZE1TUNG Page 9A The state of the nations children Life is getting better but still far from perfect for Americas young people BY ANJETTA MCQUEEN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP While American children are growing up wealthier than this gen eration of youngsters is not the the wisest or the best From 1980 to the share of children growing up in a high income home doubled from percent to 29 according to the annual look at federal child statistics released In that poverty fell steadily and more American par ents found according to fig ures that drew immediate praise from the Bush Its a good time to be a child in said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy who promised more funds to address youth These findings represent important victories for children and said Duane director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human an HHS agency that specializes in child youngsters sta File photo Children pretend to be astronauts at the New Braunfels Childrens Its a good time to be a child in said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy tistically marched in place by many other measures test scores and some student achieve ment remained flat and bad habits like smoking and drinking continued about the same pace as according to the Americas Children For instance percent of high school seniors said they smoked by 2000 the percentage of seniors smoking regularly was percent of American youth had finished high school or earned diploma equivalents in In 1980 that figure was 84 Its a cautionary tale of said Margaret research director of the Joint Center for Political and Economic a think tank that specializes in racial Economic expansion is not enough to put all families on equal Household incomes have risen for all groups of children including minority but many of them are in families that lack proper health insurance cov she The annual study is compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics using information from 20 federal The forum is a federal and private research partnership created by the gov ernment in Researchers followed economic and educa tion trends among Americas million children under the age of The report is based on the most recently available primarily from 1999 or Some parts of the report compare recent trends to those from 20 years Government agencies touted shortterm In recent teen youth violence and deaths have declined from the the figures Some of the declines we are seeing are off crazy said Douglas a welfare expert at the American Enterprise In the he crack cocaine increased social problems among youth such as substance unplanned Tripledigit divorce rates also affected the stability of children across all cultural and economic changing the basic fabric of the For about a more than 75 percent of chil dren lived in a twoparent house By the report for the first a quarter of chil dren lived in single parent homes most with their Scholars said more personal wealth is good and important but that it doesnt automat ically translate into good health or After the election Gore set to enter new political phase BY WILL LESTER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP After seven months of self imposed Al Gore is beginning to edge back toward the political Rebounding from the closest presidential elec tion in more than a centu the Democratic nomi nee is emerging in a very gradual way that aides insist has no firm dead With little Gore opens an office in this Friday that will be his new base of operations after the closing of his vice pres idential transition Associates anticipate he will gradually reemerge into public life in the com ing starting a political action committee and campaigning for Key Gore supporters in states like Iowa and New Hampshire have been on My personal feeling is that it must be akin to the girlfriend of a lost said Raymond a veteran New Hampshire Democrat who was a senior adviser to Gore You dont know if hes coming dont know whether to go on and look for a new Many of us who essentially dedi cated our lives to his politi cal career are in suspend ed Close aides caution a decision by Gore to run for president in 2004 will be made down the He has committed near ly 25 years of his life to public service and has been grateful to do said Gore aide Kiki I suspect he will continue to play a role however undefined it may be at this point as an advocate of the issues hes always believed to be important to America and its Associates say that after the Gore was acutely aware of the need to give the nation a break from the BushGore chron Gore aides wont con firm reports he plans to hire former fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee But they acknowledge he eventually plans to form a political action committee to raise money and help other The 53yearold Gore will also be very involved in teaching familycen tered community building 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