Despite the current debate over the need for a Children’s Services Council, Tallahassee Democrat reporter TaMaryn Waters let readers know that her assessment is that there are “dire needs impacting Leon County children.”
This is not a quote from an elected official or a children services professional, it is the assessment by Ms. Waters of a 1,400 page report provided by county staff addressing children’s issues.
The problem is, as Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge pointed out, the report provides conflicting information with regards to the specific needs of children in Leon County. Desloge citing the report, said that Leon County ranked 10th out of 67 Florida counties in one measure of children services. This placed Leon County ahead of some counties that have a CSC in place.
Hardly a “dire” situation.
Other information in the report on the education and economic well-being of children shows positive rankings for Leon County.
An unbiased review of the 1,400 page report reveals that the county staff provided reams of information that highlighted both the needs and the successes with regards to the status of children in Leon County.