Imagine a child in peril, in need of rescue, who somehow manages to get the horrified attention of a pack of lawyers and then a federal judge. Suppose the child is one of many, and the system putting them in danger is run by the state of Texas.

Suppose that nine years after this child’s endangerment took the form of a lawsuit, that danger still exists.

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Contact Ramsey at

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