Texas AG Files Lawsuits Against Four Central Texas School Districts
After issuing a warning, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is following through with filing lawsuits against school districts that mandate masks, including four Central Texas schools districts.
Here Come the Lawsuits
Paxton warned school districts that issued mask mandates that lawsuits were coming, and his office has followed through on that promise.
His office has filed suits against McGregor, La Vega, Waco, and Midway ISD's.
What's This About?
The lawsuits are aimed at school districts that defied Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order banning mask mandates.
More Local Suits Could Be Coming
KWTX reports that in addition to La Vega, Waco and Midway ISD's, the Connally, McGregor, and Salado school districts were sent a letter from Paxton’s office for non-compliance.
Putting Student Safety First
Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon told KWTX in a statement, “As I’ve said before, I’m not interested in politics. I’m focused on taking care of kids.”
As of now, Waco ISD has yet to receive the lawsuit, Kincannon says, “If and when Waco ISD is actually served in this lawsuit, we will review it and respond accordingly. In the meantime, two things are clear, courts across the state are deeply divided over whether the mask provisions of the governor’s executive order have the force of law. More importantly, since requiring masks in all Waco ISD buildings, the number of students and employees reporting that they have tested positive for COVID-19 has decreased significantly.”
What Happened Here?
KXXV 25 reports that Midway ISD is being sued, but doesn't even have a mask mandate.
Midway ISD's director of communications Traci Marlin tells 25News, "I would very much appreciate it if you would clear up for viewers that Texas’ Attorney General is in fact suing school districts, including at least one that does NOT have a mask mandate.”
Looks like we are a long way from resolution on this.
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