Schools of­fi­cials give some guide­lines


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brat­ing a fed­eral hol­i­day.”

The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union of Texas took no po­si­tion on Bo­hac’s mea­sure.

Bo­hac’s bill re­calls an­other re­cent ex­am­ple in which an elected of­fi­cial in Texas stepped into a de­bate in­volv­ing re­li­gion and schools.

In Oc­to­ber, Gov. Rick Perry and Texas At­tor­ney Gen­eral Greg Ab­bott held a news con­fer­ence to an­nounce their sup­port of a group of cheer­lead­ers in Kountze, an East Texas town of 2,100 peo­ple, where the stu­dents suc­cess­fully fought for the right to dis­play ban­ners with re­li­gious ref­er­ences at foot­ball games.

Be­fore a judge al­lowed the ban­ners, Perry and Ab­bott said the stu­dents’ speech was pro­tected by state law, specif­i­cally the Re­li­gious View­point An­tidis­crim­i­na­tion Act of 2007. That law con­firmed a stu­dent’s right to ex­pres­sion with­out ex­pand­ing re­li­gious ex­pres­sion in schools be­yond what is al­lowed by the Supreme Court, the gov­er­nor’s of­fice says on its web­site.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Texas As­so­ci­a­tion of School Boards were not avail­able to com­ment

A po­lice of­fi­cer stands in front of smol­der­ing apart­ment units Thurs­day in North­west Austin. The Red Cross served more than 1,000 meals and snacks to first re­spon­ders and af­fected fam­i­lies.

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