Texas teachers defend public schools on Twitter


Over the last several days, many Texas public school employees have reported receiving letters asking them to report their colleagues for using public money to illegally endorse political candidates.

By Tuesday, scores of public school employees and their supporters had taken to Twitter to express their dismay at Empower Texans, the conservative group who sent the letters, and to laud the work public schools and teachers do, using the hashtag #blowingthewhistle.

In the letters addressed to school district employees, Empower Texans attorney Tony McDonald asks for whistleblowers to “expose illegal misuse of district resources in upcoming elections.” McDonald cites in the letters that some school districts “are vowing to illegally misuse school district resources to electioneer for liberal candidates in upcoming elections.”

READ: Texas teacher groups forging into politics, but are efforts legal?

Officials with Empower Texans did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

School employees across the state have reported receiving the group’s letter at their home addresses.



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