Houston Chronicle - Nine child-advocacy groups on Tuesday called for Gov. Greg Abbott to form a task force to study school policing, citing a spate of recent episodes in which officers were accused of using excessive force.
The Texas Tribune - As Texas looks to improve care for foster youth, a promising model emerges which treats emotional trauma as a medical condition.
The Texas Tribune - In the wake of the Texas appeals court ruling last month, critical funding for ECI services will now most certainly take a hit. These cuts will make it harder for kids like Sara to meet their developmental goals.
Houston Chronicle - School districts representing 86 percent of students in Texas' public schools applied for the state's new pre-k grants. If every application is accepted, the grant funding allotted to each district could amount to less than half of the $1,500 per-student maximum envisioned in HB 4.
Texas Observer – As the summer launch date for Texas' retooled state-funded women's health programs approaches, family planning providers and advocates want to know why services like hypertension and postpartum screenings have so far been left off the lists of proposed benefits.
Houston Chronicle - John Specia, Texas DFPS Commissioner, is resigning May 31st.
Austin American-Statesman - Stephanie Rubin comments on the new proposed rules for the state's high-quality pre-k program and student-teacher ratios in pre-k.
The Texas Tribune - A new law will require the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to collect data, including teen pregnancy rates among foster youth, critical in identifying at risk-youth and providing much-needed support.
Dallas Morning-News - "The judge has correctly identified a number of achievable steps that Texas can take to provide the safety and support these children need," said former CPS caseworker Ashley Harris, the [Texans Care for Children's] child-welfare expert. "Hopefully CPS, legislative leaders and children's advocates can now move past the legal battles and work together to come up with the solutions and funding to support these children," she said.
Austin American-Statesman - "The research is clear that large pre-K classes are not high quality. We're setting up even the best trained teachers for failure if we put them alone in a classroom with 20, or 25, or even 30 4-year-olds," said Stephanie Rubin,CEO of the advocacy group Texans Care for Children.