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.

The state’s troubled foster care system (and the well-documented dangers it poses for foster children in Texas) isn’t on the list, despite persistent problems. Persistent, in this case, means problems that have festered for so long there is no longer any excuse for ignorance of them. Those persistent problems have been getting regular and noisy attention from U.S. District Judge Janis Jack, who signaled her frustration and a change in tactics after cutting a hearing short Sept. 14.

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization. Contact him at rramsey@texastribune.org.

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PJBM626

Ross. What happened to your reporting on the border. We use to see your left wing hate rhetoric directed at Trump weekly. You are silent because a dem is in charge? Same ole game of the lying dem press who protects dems. Thus not real news just propagandists

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