Teachers once again ordered back to Cy-Fair campuses Tuesday

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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Watch the video above to hear from educators after a judge ruled in favor of Cy-Fair teachers who sued the district.

CYPRESS, Texas -- Cy-Fair ISD employees will be required to attend in-person professional development again starting Tuesday, after the Texas Supreme Court granted the district's appeal to suspend a temporary restraining order filed by the Cy-Fair American Federation of Teachers late last week, according to an email sent to CFISD employees on Monday

Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement the Harris County District Court did not have the authority to grant Cy-Fair American Federation of Teachers a temporary restraining order.

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The video above is from last Friday's report in the wake of the court's ruling.

"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," Paxton said. "Teachers' unions have no authority to override the decisions of schools administrators about how to return to school safely."

On Aug. 14, a Harris County District Court judge granted Cy-Fair American Federation of Teachers a temporary restraining order stating that Cy-Fair ISD teachers do not have to be on campuses prior to Sept. 7 following pushback on the district's in-person professional development policy.

Superintendent Mark Henry tweeted his support for district employees Aug. 15 as dozens of district employees claiming they want to work from campuses used the hashtag "#aftdoesntspeakforme."