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."
CFISD family, this is a tough time for CFISD and all of our school districts. I know that we all are searching for the best way to deal with this difficult issue. I appreciate AFT, ATPE, TSTA and all of our employees. We’ve enjoyed a great relationship for nine plus years...1/2— Mark Henry (@SuptMarkHenry) August 16, 2020
...let’s pull together and make this dilemma an opportunity to show how we can figure this out. We are working now on some additional accommodations to help keep our staff safe while serving our students. This is where I’m going to live the rest of my life. We’ve got this!2/2— Mark Henry (@SuptMarkHenry) August 16, 2020