To the State of Mississippi for their failure to meet court-ordered requirements in reforming the state’s foster care system. The federal court settlement came in 2008, but the state has not made needed improvements since that time. Just this week the state admitted to its failure in a federal filing. Gov. Phil Bryant has agreed to hire a director for the Department of Family and Children’s Services, waive state salary requirements for the director and for members of a senior management team. It is a shame that the state has failed to meet these demands under two governors. We can only hope that Bryant will live up to his word and help ensure better circumstances for some of the most vulnerable children in our state.