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Texas AG Paxton Suing Spring, Galveston Plus Four Other School Districts over Masks

With the Delta variant running rampant, Dozens of districts across Texas have defied Gov. Greg Abbott’s order banning mask mandates.

HOUSTON — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has fired another round in the ongoing legal battles over mask mandates. This time his target is school districts.

Paxton announced Friday he’s filed lawsuits against six Texas school districts that are requiring masks for students and staff. Two of them are in the Houston area.

  • Spring ISD
  • Galveston ISD
  • Richardson ISD 
  • Round Rock ISD
  • Sherman ISD
  • Elgin ISD

With the Delta variant running rampant, dozens of districts across Texas have defied Gov. Greg Abbott’s order banning mask mandates. 

Note: The video in this story originally aired on Aug. 16.

Paxton said they’re violating Abbott’s Executive Order GA-38 which put him in charge of the statewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Not only are superintendents across Texas openly violating state law, but they are using district resources—that ought to be used for teacher merit raises or other educational benefits—to defend their unlawful political maneuvering,” Paxton said in a news release.

Written by Michelle Homer

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