AUSTIN, Texas — As tens of millions of Texas schoolchildren ready to begin in-person studying this week, Texas Democrats, state and federal leaders, educators, and fogeys held a digital press convention Tuesday afternoon urging Gov. Greg Abbott to revoke his harmful govt order banning faculties from issuing any type of masks necessities.
COVID-19 instances are surging throughout the state. It was reported immediately that Travis County has set a pandemic document for essentially the most sufferers in hospital ICUs for COVID-19. With Gov. Abbott utilizing his emergency powers to cease native entities from defending their very own residents, native authorities and college officers are taking issues into their very own palms to do what is required to guard their college students and college.
There may be rising motion in protest of the Governor’s order with Dallas ISD, Fort Price ISD, Austin ISD, San Antonio ISD, Spring ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Houston ISD, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, and Socorro ISD saying masks mandate necessities forward of the beginning of the college 12 months. Moreover, the Metropolis of San Antonio, Bexar County, Dallas County, and several other different native governments have filed lawsuits in opposition to the governor for his harmful ban on masks and different COVID security precautions. Each Bexar and Dallas County have been granted permission to mandate masks — large wins for 2 of the most important college districts in our state. A nonprofit group, Southern Middle for Youngster Advocacy, has additionally sued to dam Abbott’s order.
Texas Democratic Social gathering Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the next assertion:
“I commend our native elected leaders, college superintendents, and our educators who’re taking needed steps to guard youngsters and communities as they return to highschool throughout this more and more harmful well being emergency.
“The statewide defiance of the governor’s rule proves how flawed this govt order was. Abbott has proven us time and time once more that defending his constituents is solely political — an obligation he persistently ignores in an try to safe his Social gathering’s major nomination once more. It’s time for the Governor to do what’s proper and provides native elected officers and well being authorities the ability to guard their communities. Texas Deserves Higher.”
Please see some notable factors from Tuesday’s digital press convention made by the leaders beneath. You could view the complete press convention Right here
Texas Democratic Social gathering Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa:
“We by no means anticipated to have a governor that as an alternative of attempting to assist us — is definitely hurting us. And to make it worse, he’s doing it for political causes as a result of he desires to make sure that he will get elected within the major, which is managed primarily by people who find themselves anti-vaccine and anti-maskers. His concern shouldn’t be the first or his political future. His concern must be the youngsters of our state, the folks that stay in our communities.”
Former Housing & City Improvement Secretary Julián Castro:
“Probably the most elementary obligation of a public servant is to assist preserve the folks they serve secure and wholesome. By that commonplace, Governor Greg Abbott is failing miserably. The governor’s lack of management has prompted large anxiousness for folks, for educators, for households throughout Texas. Lecturers, educators, college board members, council members, mayors, county judges throughout the state are begging Governor Abbott to rescind his govt order to permit them to make the perfect selections to maintain folks secure.”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18):
“It is a image of an 11-month-old child in my constituency, who needed to be lifelined to Temple, TX as a result of there are not any pediatric beds on this area. Is that what the governor desires to have on his palms? The rise of kids having COVID-19 is completely horrifying.
“The explanation why this little eleven-month-old needed to be lifelined is as a result of not one single pediatric hospital had one single mattress for that child. Is that what the federal government desires to have on his palms? Is that what we’re, right here in America? Is that what we have now resulted in? Is that what we’re right here in Texas? The state that has, together with Florida, the very best an infection fee and the bottom variety of vaccines. I can inform you that when folks vote, they don’t vote to elect people that might give them a sentence of dying.”
Dallas County Choose Clay Jenkins:
“All of us should be on group public well being. The governor has decided that he won’t correctly reply to the COVID-19 surge with the Delta variant. We’d like Abbott to get out of the way in which, so these of us who’re unafraid to reply, can try this.”
“My hope is that native officers and superintendents will proceed to face up for his or her communities, after which some Republicans will rise up and be part of docs in being for public well being and being for his or her communities.
Houston Federation of Lecturers President Jackie Anderson:
“I used to be at all times completely happy realizing that I used to be going to return and see my college students. Nevertheless, this isn’t such a cheerful time for academics in Texas. The governor is asking us to place our lives in peril. He’s refusing to permit masks mandates and that faculty districts should not have to contact hint. That’s so horrible. It’s a political monstrosity.
Metropolis of Laredo Well being Authority, Dr. Victor Treviño:
“Sadly, Texas and Florida alone account just for one in three of all new infections in the USA previously week. 44% of Texans are totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. That is beneath the nationwide common. We’re in a excessive transmission atmosphere in Texas, and Laredo has reported zero ICU beds for the final seven days. This already medically underserved border neighborhood is primary within the nation for brand new instances per capita through the earlier waves, and we don’t have a pediatric ICU. The Governor’s govt order banning mitigation, particularly masks in faculties, goes to result in extra pediatric infections and hospitalizations.”
Marked by COVID Group Board Advisory Member & San Antonio Public College Dad or mum Rosemary Gutierrez:
“Once we say pandemic of the unvaccinated, I’m pondering of my baby whose solely safety is his masks as a result of the vaccine is just not but accessible to him. I do know Greg Abbott was one of many first Texans to get vaccinated. He has loved his freedom of being unmasked, but it surely’s not a freedom shared with our kids youthful than 12 years of age.”
Social Employee & El Paso Public College Dad or mum Annette Reyes-Morales:
“Right here in El Paso, college began August 2, so we needed to make a tough determination to drag our children out of public college, and as an alternative homeschool them. We simply didn’t really feel snug sufficient in sending our kids to a public college setting, the place masks had been solely non-compulsory and never enforceable by their academics or their ideas.”
Austin Educator, Most cancers Survivor, Austin Public College Dad or mum Caroline Candy:
“Each trainer enters a classroom with the intention to guard youngsters. It’s our ethical obligation & moral duty. We all know that masks are the one most vital non-pharmaceutical intervention for preventing COVID, and that’s what we’ll use.”