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Paxton Slaps Elgin ISD with Cease and Desist
Attorney General Ken Paxton today sent cease-and-desist letters to the Elgin Independent School District, asking it to stop unlawful electioneering activities that violate the Texas Education Code. The school district used taxpayer resources to distribute messages to their staff and the public advocating for or against certain political candidates.
“The Legislature has enacted laws empowering schools to encourage voting and assist students in registering to vote, but school districts violate the Texas Election and Education codes when they exhort faculty or others to vote for a particular person or ballot measure,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Spending taxpayer dollars on advocating for or against political candidates is unacceptable. It erodes public trust in our schools and, more importantly, diverts taxpayer funds from their intended purpose—enabling educators to provide the youth of Texas the education and skills they need to succeed in life and fully participate in our democracy.”
In his notice to Elgin ISD, Paxton included a screenshot of a post from the school superintendent’s official Twitter page endorsing a political candidate and advocating for his election.
The attorney general’s office asked that all political messaging by the Elgin and Galena Park ISDs be removed from public space, and requested a written reply by March 21.
CLICK HERE to see Paxton's full letter to the district.