Texas Education Commissioner Julie Ann Robinson, right, speaks with the media as she speaks about the Texas Department of Education’s decision to suspend classes in a special session of the state legislature at the Capitol in Austin, Tex., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.
The suspension of classes, which started at 7 a.m.
Tuesday, is intended to keep students from getting into a classroom and making mistakes during classes.
Robinson said the suspension of the classes was the last option left on the table because the governor’s office wanted to avoid a “constitutional crisis.”
Robinson said it’s possible the suspension will continue, but she said there are some students who can’t attend classes.
Robinson said the schools suspension is “necessary to protect our students and their learning and our state from a constitutional crisis.”
She said the state is currently working to reach out to students and families in the district.
She also said the department will make a decision about how the suspension is going to be enforced.
The suspension is the latest in a string of disruptions to education in Texas.
A teacher at a middle school in El Paso was fired last week for being late to a classroom, and at least two other teachers in Texas have been fired.
Robinson is in charge of the education department’s Special Education and Rehabilitation Department.
She’s also the former head of the school district’s public school system.
A Texas Supreme Court justice who was among the first to support charter schools said the current system isn’t working.
“We have a constitutional right to charter schools,” Justice David Stras said in an interview.
In an interview Tuesday, he said he supported the suspensions because they were a last-ditch option to try to keep people from getting in a classroom. “
The only way to have that charter school system is to take it out and have charter schools in Texas,” he said.
In an interview Tuesday, he said he supported the suspensions because they were a last-ditch option to try to keep people from getting in a classroom.
But he said there were some who were still learning and needed to be in a class.
“We’re trying to teach them to use a tool that will be there for them when they need it,” he told The Associated Press.
“There’s a lot of kids that are still learning, they need to be on a course that they need, and that’s why I think they should be in the classroom.
Students were able to return to school Monday morning after the suspensions.
Several charter schools, including Austin Christian School, have opened since the start of the shutdown.
The district said they will continue to provide education to students, but the suspensions will not resume until the state has an alternative plan in place.