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July 28, 2020      6:44 PM

Updated: In reversal, state now says Texas schools closed by local health orders will not get full funding

AG Paxton weighed in and Education Commissioner Morath confirmed that previous guidance saying schools would continue to be fully funded if they were closed by a local or county health order is no longer applicable

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comments from Education Commissioner Morath – SB

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took the lead on school openings this afternoon, nixing the idea local health authorities can dictate school closures.

This would be a reversal of state guidance. Back on July 15, the Texas Education Agency was ready to fund remote instruction based on local closure orders, an idea that seemed to be aligned with the fact more infection should mean more time away from classrooms.

Given that latitude, public health authorities in urban regions of the state indicated local school districts were not even close to reopening. Were state leaders interested in more time away from schools? Not so much.

Despite the change, Education Commissioner Mike Morath said “Protecting the health of students, teachers, and staff remains our first priority.”

By Kimberly Reeves

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