AG Paxton rebukes Fort Worth bathroom policy

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Texas’ attorney general says Fort Worth schools may be violating state education law with new restroom guidelines for transgender students.

Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday became the latest high-ranking Republican to condemn Texas’ sixth-largest school district. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called for the resignation of Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner, who says he’s staying put.

Scribner announced rules last month allowing transgender students access to single-stall restrooms. Alternatively, they’ll be allowed to use restrooms when other students aren’t around.

Scribner didn’t go through the school board, which Paxton suggests violates state law. He also questions whether the district can withhold information from parents about a transgender student.

The pushback from Texas Republicans comes as the U.S. Justice Department sues over a North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access.

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