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The following is a press release from the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court of Texas, urging the court to override a trial court order that prevented the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District from resuming in-person, on-campus operations and teacher trainings just days before the start of the school year.

On Friday, the trial court granted a request from a teachers’ union to effectively shut down the on-campus operations of one of Texas’s largest school districts. On Sunday night, the Supreme Court of Texas stayed the trial court’s order.

“Friday was supposed to mark the return to campus for Cy-Fair teachers and staff who were preparing to start the new school year and welcome back kids, until a trial court unlawfully ordered the campus shut down at the request of a teachers’ union. The trial court’s order exceeds its jurisdiction and grants relief contrary to the laws of Texas,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Teachers’ unions have no authority to override the decisions of schools administrators about how to return to school safely.”

You can download the 13-page document here.

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