Today, just days before students return to public school, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s team appeared in a Texas federal court to request a preliminary injunction, a temporary stop to the enforcement of the Obama administration’s dangerous school guidelines issued for public schools earlier this year. President Obama’s administration sent a non-binding letter to schools across the nation threatening to take away Title IX funding if schools do not adopt the administration’s rule to allow boys into girls’ showers, locker rooms, bathrooms, etc. Texas is leading a lawsuit of 13 states to stop the Obama administration’s attack on public schools. A total of 23 states are suing the Obama administration because of the dangerous guidelines. The hearing concluded without a ruling from the federal judge. The request can be found here:
Texas Atty. Gen. Paxton issued this statement today:
“We are confident that the court will rule against the Obama Administration’s latest illegal federal overreach. This President is attempting to rewrite the laws that were enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is using the threat of losing federal funding to get schools to conform; that cannot be allowed to continue. The Obama Administration’s directive unlawfully invades areas that are better left to local schools and parents to balance the needs of students, including their safety, privacy and dignity.”
Jonathan Saenz, President and Attorney of Texas Values stated:
“When parents send their children to school, they are sending them to get an education, not be part of a social experiment. We continue to see that Texas parents are strongly support privacy and safety in public schools and they stand against these dangerous transgender policies. This summer, parents in Fort Worth were outraged when the Fort Worth Independent School District pushed a new rule to allow boys into girls bathroom, locker rooms and shower rooms. Because of the outcry by parents, Fort Worth ISD officials reversed course and repealed their new policy. We are thankful that Texans are leading the way to defend the safety and privacy of Texas students before they go back to school.”
Last month, the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) reversed its dangerous policy that would have allowed boys into girls’ showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms. Parents, students, and citizens spoke out for months against the dangerous policy and Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton issued a legal opinion that found the rules were in violation of state law.
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue by implementing a temporary hold on a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that would have forced a Virginia school district to implement a transgender school bathroom policy.
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