Attorney General Ken Paxton rebukes Fort Worth restroom policy

Ken Paxton in his "I'm standing and fighting!" video posted to YouTube (Ken Paxton Campaign Photo)
Ken Paxton in his "I'm standing and fighting!" video posted to YouTube (Ken Paxton Campaign Photo)

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.

“As I said from the beginning, Superintendent Kent Scribner violated the Texas Education Code when he unilaterally adopted his so-called transgender policies without school board approval,” Patrick said. “Today, the attorney general agreed.”

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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