Abbott wants Texas Education Agency to check if Northside ISD pressured employees to vote

On the eve of Saturday’s bond election, which gave Northside Independent School District the green light to secure $ 992 million in funding with long-term debt, Gov. Greg Abbott retweeted allegations that district employees were pressured to vote for it.

In his tweetAbbott said he spoke to Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath about what appeared to be a pair of emails from an unnamed Northside ISD principal to school staff, and said Morath “confirms that IF these posts are verified, then it is likely a crime.”

“The Education Commissioner with work with the Attorney General’s Office to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute this matter,” Abbott continued.

Northside ISD officials had no immediate comment when asked about it Monday but said they would release a statement later in the day.

The allegations repeated by Abbott were first tweeted by Corey DeAngelis, who is the national director of research at the American Federation for Children, the executive director at Educational Freedom Institute, and an adjunct scholar at The Cato Institute.

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