Texas attorney general rebukes Fort Worth restroom policy

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued a non-binding opinion suggesting Fort Worth schools are violating Texas law with restroom guidelines for transgender students.

Paxton wrote Tuesday that policies announced last month by Texas’ sixth-largest school district relegated “parents to a subordinate status” since they were created without their proper input or consent.

A Republican, Paxton has previously said he thought the guidelines violated state education code. His written opinions aren’t legally binding, but this one reinforces his past statements.

It was sought by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has unsuccessfully demanded the resignation of Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner.

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Scribner didn’t go through the school board when announcing the guidelines.

They allow transgender students access to single-stall restrooms. Alternatively, they can use restrooms when other students aren’t around.