Kaeley Bobbitt Publishes Op-Ed in Austin-American Statesman
Posted: May 5, 2013
PRC Trainee Kaely Bobbitt, along with Frances Deviney of the Center for Public Policy Priories, published an op-ed in the April 28 edition of the Austin-American Statesmen entitled, "Lawmakers have opportunity to do more for Texas children."
Bobbitt and Deviney argue that the Texas Legislature should invest heavily in both education and children's health. Their research at the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Texas' investment in childhood health and education found that "the greater our investments in our children, the better our children fared." Indeed, "when Texas increased investments in education, not only did our kids’ education outcomes improve — including how many kids passed the state’s math and reading tests and how many dropped out — but their health outcomes improved as well. In addition, when we wisely invested more in health care, not only did we see improvements in health outcomes — such as the percentage of kids considered in excellent or very good health — but we also saw improvements in education."