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Budget Cuts Keep Texas Kids with Disabilities from Getting Therapy

by Mark Richardson TYLER, Texas – Funding cuts are forcing thousands of Texas children with disabilities and developmental delays to lose access to critical therapy. The Texas Legislature first cut funding several years ago to the state’s Early Childhood Intervention program, also called ECI, forcing a significant number of contractors providing services for children to drop […]

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Report Finds Disparities for Children of Color in Texas, U.S.

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – A new report finds significant disparities in public policies for children of color and those in immigrant families compared with other groups, in Texas and across the country. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Race for Results report measures key milestones in childhood development across racial and ethnic groups at both the […]

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Garden Network Aims to Preserve Endangered Butterflies and Bees

by Mark Richardson SAN ANTONIO, Texas – If you’ve ever watched the process of a caterpillar becoming a colorful Monarch butterfly, you’ll likely appreciate the challenge being issued by the National Pollinator Garden Network. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge calls on everyone – from horticulture professionals to schoolchildren and volunteers – to help create and register […]

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Oil-Rig Map Identifies Pollution Risks to Texas Children

by Mark Richardson SAN ANTONIO – As the Environmental Protection Agency backs away from limiting toxic emissions from oil and gas wells, Texas environmental groups are stepping up calls to limit the pollution. Earthworks and Moms Clean Air Force have released an updated version of their interactive Oil and Gas Threat Map, which identifies areas at risk […]

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Texas Advocates Organize to Assist with ACA Enrollments

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – As the Trump administration moves to weaken the Affordable Care Act, advocacy groups in Texas and across the country are taking over the federal government’s role in helping people get health coverage. A coalition known as “Cover Texas Now” is stepping in to publicize the upcoming enrollment period, and train […]

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DPS Highlights School Bus Safety Efforts

AUSTIN – In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 16-20), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to comply with laws prohibiting drivers from passing school buses. During this period, DPS Highway Patrol Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate the law. It is illegal to pass any school bus […]

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Study: Latinos Lag Behind Others in Earning College Degrees

by Mark Richardson SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Despite progress in recent years, earning a college degree remains a major challenge for Latinos both in Texas and across the country. A new study out Wednesday from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that only 21 percent of Latinos have a bachelor’s degree compared […]

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Experts Fear Obamacare Funding Cuts Could Gut Program

by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – This week, the Affordable Care Act survived another repeal effort in Congress, but behind the scenes, the federal government is adding obstacles and making major cuts to its funding. The Department of Health and Human Services has slashed the ACA’s advertising budget, and significantly reduced the grant funds for groups that assist people […]

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Study Examines Effect of Funding Cuts on Texas Schools, Students

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Funding cuts by state lawmakers left a five-year, $5 billion hole in the budget for Texas public schools between 2011 and 2016. A new University of Texas study analyzes the effect of those cuts, made because of state revenue shortfalls, which forced many districts to operate with less money despite a growing […]

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CHIP Funding at Risk as GOP Pushes Another ACA Repeal

by Mark Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – Children’s advocates are concerned that health insurance for almost 400,000 children in Texas is being held prisoner by partisan politics. Senate Republicans, making a last ditch effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act, have put re-authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, on hold until their repeal measure passes. Patrick […]

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