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Austin parents face hard choices about work, childcare as school year nears

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a letter Friday that, while public schools in Texas can be—and in some cases, have been— closed by a local health authority, religious schools can decide themselves.


"There are robust constitutional and statutory protections unique to religious individuals and communities, specifically including religious private schools," Paxton wrote in the letter. "In accordance with the protections granted by the First Amendment and Texas law, this guidance allows religious private schools to determine for themselves when to reopen free from any government mandate or interference."

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