- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A federal judge is allowing the experts chosen to come up with a plan for overhauling Texas’ troubled foster care system more time to complete their report.

U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack on Thursday granted the unopposed motion for more time filed by the two special masters. Jack said that their report, which had been due this month, will now be submitted on Nov. 4.

In December, Jack declared Texas’ foster care system unconstitutionally flawed and ordered the independent overhaul. The special masters appointed by Jack began working on the reform plan in April.

Jack said in her ruling that the state’s system was “broken, and it has been that way for decades.” Among issues she’s directed the experts to look into include figuring out manageable caseloads for workers.


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