Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued in a July 28 letter that only school districts have the authority to delay in-person learning. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Health authorities in Austin, Dallas, Houston and other areas across Texas have issued local orders delaying the start of in-person learning for their respective area school districts, but in a July 28 letter, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote that the authority to issue blanket orders to close schools on a preventative basis lies solely with school district leaders.

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