Parents File TEA Complaint After Round Rock ISD Ignores Student Safety
Round Rock, Texas – Parents of a Round Rock ISD High School student, with the help of Texas Values, filed a complaint with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today after the school district went for months without adequately addressing the safety grievance filed by the parents. This move raises the stakes for Round Rock ISD (RRISD) officials who find themselves in the middle of yet another controversy, this time centered around a male high school student being allowed to use a female locker room without notifying the parents.
Jonathan Saenz, president and attorney for Texas Values released the following statement:
“Round Rock ISD has a record of mismanagement and dodging controversial issues, which is why parents are rightfully outraged. The TEA should investigate the integrity of the local complaint process to make sure the district is accountable and in compliance with school law. The district can run but they can’t hide, and the parents are not letting this issue go.”
The TEA complaint describes facts surrounding the parents’ efforts in the school district local grievance process, including how school officials offered to allow the female student the use of a “pop-up tent” for privacy within the female locker room, and how the student now must leave school every time she has to change clothes, causing her to miss instructional time.
Texas Values wrote about this situation in April and filed a Public Information Act (PIA) request to clarify the district’s policy. The Open Records Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office is currently investigating whether RRISD attempted to overcharge Texas Values to provided the requested information.