SA-area superintendents, Chamber oppose 'bathroom bill'

Bill among high priorities for GOP in Texas Legislature Special Session

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and 15 San Antonio-area superintendents are opposed to a transgender "bathroom bill" that Gov. Greg Abbott wants passed in the special session of the Texas Legislature.

Related: Texas Legislature's 30-day special session begins

"In short, the proposed legislation offered during the 85th Legislature was seeking to solve a problem that does not exist in our schools," according to a letter sent Monday to Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and Bexar County lawmakers. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Senate Committee on Education and the House Committee on Public Education, were sent a copy. "We all want to ensure our children are safe, but more importantly, treated respectfully and with dignity.

The letter said that campus administrators already accomodate students to "ensure privacy and dignity ... that includes the use of a bathroom in a clinic or faculty area depending on the situation allowing for true privacy protection of each child who attends our area schools."

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The chamber and the superintendents said they are willing to provide testimony and be a resource to lawmakers during the 30-day special session, which kicked off Tuesday.

Read the letter below:

Special Session Letter on bathroom bill.pdf by David Ibanez on Scribd



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