I know that I share with every parent a sense of hope for their child’s future. And with one of every 11 U.S. kids living in Texas, the opportunities we create for our children will determine their future and also the future of our country.
That is why I was happy to see some bits of good news in the Texas section of the recent National KIDS COUNT Project annual report. School test scores have gone up and dropout rates have gone down. Eighteen percent of high school students did not graduate on time in 2012, compared to 28 percent in 2006. And although more uninsured children live in Texas than in any other state, the child uninsured rate is much lower than it was five years ago. Changes in state and local policies, investments in community programs and parental involvement have led to these modest improvements, but progress is slowing.