Attorney General Ken Paxton today mailed educational materials to Texas school districts detailing the importance of educators’ role in the civic process and providing guidelines for legally and effectively leading both employees and students through the 2020 election.
“School districts hold the responsibility of equipping students to participate in the democratic process, but they, like all state agencies, must refrain from spending public funds to advocate for or against political candidates,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Pushing faculty or students to vote for or against a particular person is a direct violation of the Texas Election and Education Codes. As we enter another election year and many students register to vote for the first time, educators must promote unbiased information on our civic responsibilities with integrity and honesty.”
The letters include a booklet of frequently asked questions and guidelines available here.