Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday that he had filed lawsuits against six school districts in the state for implementing mask mandates in defiance of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.
In a statement, Paxton accused superintendents of diverting school funds to defend lawsuits challenging the mandates — and warned he would take more districts to court if he saw the need to do so.
“Not only are superintendents across Texas openly violating state law, but they are using district resources—that ought to be used for teacher merit raises or other educational benefits—to defend their unlawful political maneuvering,” Paxton said.
“If districts choose to spend their money on legal fees, they must do so knowing that my office is ready and willing to litigate these cases. I have full confidence that the courts will side with the law – not acts of political defiance.”
Abbott’s order, signed July 29, prohibited government officials and entities —