Teachers group raps state guidelines on opening schools


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The state’s top teachers group is criticizing state guidelines for starting the school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Texas State Teachers Association says the guidelines pronounced Friday by Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the state’s other Republican leaders would unfairly punish public school districts that choose to stick with online instruction exclusively for safety’s sake. The guidelines limit districts to four weeks of exclusively online instruction unless they gets a waiver from the Texas Education Agency. Health officials are relegated to a purely advisory role.