Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) is not pleased with the superintendent of the Fort Worth public school system because he has decided to adopt policy supported by the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education.
Transgender children attending Fort Worth public schools can use bathrooms that correspond with the gender they identify as and even participate in the appropriate sports programs.
For these reasons, Patrick has called for the head of superintendent Kent Scribner.
“Without any discussion with parents, board members, principals, and other community leaders, Dr. Scribner’s unilateral action underscores this lack of fitness to hold his position as superintendent,” Patrick said in a prepared statement. “I call upon the parents within the Fort Worth ISD to take immediate steps to repeal this stealthy scheme and remove Dr. Scribner from his post.”
If desegregation had been left up to "parents, board members, principals, and other community leaders" there's a good chance schools in Texas and many other states would still be strictly segregated.
As Attorney General Loretta Lynch so deftly pointed out yesterday, telling transgender men and women that they cannot use a bathroom is comparable to placing a sign above a water fountain that reads 'whites only.'
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is not merely scolding the school superintendent for choosing not to discriminate against children -- which is really quite something when you put it that way -- he's also angry because the superintendent has chosen not to invite litigation that the school system would lose. Expensive litigation.
Conservatives would rather waste money on a losing court battle than actually put that money into education.