FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Patrick Applauds AG Paxton’s Opinion Regarding School Openings
Parents, School Boards and Teachers, not Democrat County Officials, Should Determine When Schools Open
HOUSTON TX – Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued the following statement today in response to guidance issued by Attorney General Ken Paxton regarding the opening of both public and private schools across Texas:
“Hundreds of thousands of parents, students and teachers across the state have been negatively impacted by Democrat county judges who have overstepped their authority by issuing sweeping restrictions against opening schools.
“Attorney General Paxton’s opinion today makes it clear that the decision of when and how to open both public and private schools should be made by local school boards, superintendents, parents and teachers.
“The state gave school boards and superintendents the flexibility to delay opening, offer virtual learning, full or part time, or in-class learning, full or part time, during the first four weeks of school. Democrat county judges took away those options from schools by handing down their own personal edict.
“The first goal is to keep students and teachers safe and also return to in-class learning as soon as possible. Our school boards, superintendents, parents and teachers should determine the best way to proceed in the coming school year to protect our students while keeping our schools on track.”
More information about Dan Patrick is available at www.DanPatrick.org.