Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Texas House Passes Bill Extending Alternative High School Graduation Route


If passed into law, the bill will impact Texan public schools.

Jennifer Pizer, senior counsel and director of law and policy at Lambda Legal, raised the likely possibility of legal action against the state, similar to the lawsuit that was brought against the state of North Carolina following the passage of HB 2.

The Texas Senate Sunday night approved a bill that would both simplify the formulas for funding public schools and allow parents of kids with disabilities to take state money to leave the public system for private schools or homeschooling.

"We're big boys and girls, and we can certainly understand the realities of life around here", said Jim Keffer, a former GOP state representative whom the Texas Association of Business brought on board in March to focus on issues including discriminatory legislation.

"There is absolutely no intent and I would argue nothing in this language discriminates against anyone", Paddie said.

"It is an effort to provide definitive guidance...for all kids", Paddie said.

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People who did not want to do this could either use single-occupancy facilities or multi-occupancy facilities as long as no one else was in them.

The Texas House passed a whittled down though still controversial bill Sunday night that would bar transgender students from using school bathrooms that best align with their gender identity.

The Texas Senate early Monday passed a bill to allow faith-based adoption and foster care providers to operate based on their religious beliefs.

"I really hope everybody and anybody who is qualified and wants to serve children in Texas will be signing up and feeling free to do that", the lawmaker said.

Fox News reports that members of the Texas House of Representatives addressed the transgender bathroom issue with an amendment to a bill pertaining to school emergency operations, SB 2078.

Patrick has said that SB 6, one of his priorities this session, was about protecting the privacy and safety of women and children.

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Abortion rights groups, civil rights lawyers and LGBT organizations have also renewed pledges to take the state to court this summer following a whirlwind weekend in which the Republican-controlled Legislature pushed new anti-abortion bills, a religious objections bill and a so-called "bathroom bill" closer to Abbott's desk before lawmakers adjourn May 29.

"School districts need the flexibility to determine the accommodations that work in each individual case, as student demographics and school facilities will play a large part in how a campus meets it student's needs", Campbell continued in the statement.

State Republicans are once again trying to restrict transgender people's use of restrooms, this time in Texas.

"We have been clear that discriminatory legislation would have a chilling effect on economic development, make recruitment and retention more hard, and stifle investment in Texas", Wallace said. That's not just wrong and abusive: "it's also begging to be sued", Pizer said.

Moody went on to tell Paddie that transgender students have never attacked anyone in a bathroom.

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