Texas’ foster care problems are clear -the response from state leaders isn’t

Despite persistent problems, the state’s troubled foster care system isn’t on the agenda for this year’s third special session. Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune

The state’s foster care system has been dangerous to children and embarrassing to the state for years. But with state officials constantly chasing other issues, it’s still suffering from neglect.

A Texas governor’s power to call a special legislative session includes setting its agenda. That list of issues tells legislators and the rest of us what the governor thinks is important enough to demand extra time from lawmakers.

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