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Editorial: Texas Can Do More to Improve Kids’ Chances for Success

Texas lawmakers got high marks for pumping billions of dollars into education this legislative session. By passing school finance reform, they ensured that more than 5 million public school children will have a better chance for success.

An editorial in the Dallas Morning News notes that the Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new Kids Count report that underscores just how far Texas kids have to go. “Texas ranked 41st—one of the 10 worst states for kids—in child well-being. States were ranked across four areas—health, education, economic well-being, and family and community—and Texas was near the bottom in every category,” the editorial says. “…It’s shameful that in a state with so much overall economic success, the child poverty rate remains alarmingly high. A fifth of Texas’ 7.4 million children are poor,” it continues.

A couple of policy solutions could make a real difference for Texas kids: An accurate count of Texas residents in the 2020 Census, which will determine how billions of federal dollars for health care, housing, and food programs are allocated. The state could also act to ensure the vulnerable kids and women of child-bearing age have health insurance.

Read “Editorial: Texas isn’t doing right by its kids. Here are ways we can do better,” Dallas Morning News.

July 3, 2019