State policymakers need to take a step back and let local jurisdictions protect voucher holders and punish discriminatory practices. This decision could transfer more power and autonomy to families assisted by the voucher program, allowing them to make the best decisions for their families.
Today, the law says that nursing home residents must give consent for antipsychotics to be administered. And yet, all too often, family members of nursing home residents still report a lack of awareness of these drugs being administered.
While many states have passed legislation in recent years explicitly prohibiting mental health professionals from using conversion therapy with LGBTQ youth, legislation to protect professionals who engage in this practice is pending in the Texas Legislature. That would further marginalize and threaten the safety and mental health of some of our state’s most vulnerable youth.
Lawmakers’ desire to enhance civic education in Texas is a laudable goal, but the Naturalization Test is not the solution. The state Senate must heed to the calls of the states’ social studies educators and save our history education while it can.
For many Texans, finding a doctor to treat even a routine illness can be a challenge. When wait times are too long, or the price tag seems too high, people have a tendency to ignore an injury or illness, increasing the likelihood that a minor issue could worsen into a major one that can require expensive treatments or even hospitalization.
Texas is an energy state. But, energy isn’t alone in driving Texas forward. We also have a burgeoning life sciences industry that – with the right policies and strategic investments – is poised to be a driving force in the Texas economy for decades to come.
Texas’s test-addicted accountability systems are incapable of achieving their policy goals — not because tests are bad, but because they were not designed to do what has been asked of them. Texas deserves an accountability system that places student need at the center of the work. What we have in front of us is the first opportunity in a great while to do just that.
Protecting the health of mothers and babies is a promise made by everyone who works in health care. A healthy baby has a better chance of growing into a healthy child and a healthy and productive adult.
As the 86th Legislature advances its proposed two-year state budget, we have a historic opportunity to ensure that state investments in performance-based funding match the successes realized by Texas community colleges.
Texas consumers increasingly have their access to emergency medical care delayed or altogether thwarted, and their coverage for legitimate care denied. After witnessing this alarming trend, Texas’ freestanding emergency room community is taking action to better protect and inform patients and their families.
Here's why studying population data is so important. It helps us know not only who is moving here, but why they’re doing it. Armed with that information, we can understand what makes Texas so attractive to these innovative, world-class minds.
Leading health systems have already shown we can dramatically reduce rates of infectious disease and beat back the ravages of cancer. Similarly, with the support of state leaders, our medical leaders can provide Texas with proven treatments beyond just medication to help children heal from emotional wounds. Texas families and children deserve no less.