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Texas House Democratic Caucus issues statement regarding State withholding of funding for school districts

The Texas House Democratic caucus issued out a statement regarding the State’s stance on forcing schools to reopen in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic.

“Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency announced that, consistent with a nonbinding letter recently released by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a blanket order from a local health department closing schools does not constitute a legally issued closure order. Therefore, schools closed by a local health authority and solely providing remote instruction after the allocated transition window would not qualify for funding.”

The Texas House Democratic Caucus’ Education Working Group released the following joint statement in response:

“It is unconscionable that TEA would withhold funding from schools providing remote instruction during closures ordered by local health authorities. This decision is a reversal of course and yet another instance of politicizing the coronavirus pandemic at the expense of our communities.

“Rather than providing consistent guidance, support and funding for Texas schools, state leadership is forcing schools to open regardless of the recommendations of health experts. These actions recklessly jeopardize the health and safety of students and staff.”

The HDC’s Education Working Group is represented by Rep. Alma Allen (Houston), Rep. Terry Canales (Edinburg), Rep. Harold V. Dutton (Houston), Rep. Anna Eastman (Houston), Rep. Art Fierro (El Paso), Rep. Mary Gonzalez (El Paso), Rep. Vikki Goodwin (Austin), Rep. Gina Hinojosa (Austin), Rep. Donna Howard (Austin), Rep. Leo Pacheco (San Antonio), Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (Dallas) and Rep. James Talarico (Round Rock).

As of press time there has been no statement issued by the Texas House Republican Caucus.

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