A sloppily written law could require cameras in far more special-education classrooms than lawmakers intended, placing “significant costs” on school districts, according to a new opinion from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Lawmakers in 2015 apparently meant to pass legislation that would allow a parent to ask for a video camera to be installed specifically in their child’s special-education classroom, Paxton wrote in a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath on Tuesday. But the way the law is written, it actually requires entire school districts to install cameras in every special-education classroom after a parent’s request.
Paxton said his hands are tied by the law. If the Legislature intended for the law to “have a narrower application, it should amend the statute,” Paxton wrote.