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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) – The mayor of Fort Worth is working to diffuse a controversy that’s engulfing the city.
Last week, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick called for Superintendent Kent Scribner’s resignation over the district’s policy of allowing students to use restrooms that coincide with their gender identity.
Mayor Betsy Price, who has not expressed an opinion on the issue one way or the other, says she’s working to find common ground.
“I’ve talked to the school board members, I’ve talked to Dr. Scribner, I’ve talked to parents,” said Mayor Price, “and I don’t think you can make everybody happy all the time, and not everybody wins.”
The mayor says this is an issue that needs to be resolved at the local level.
“This is a Fort Worth issue, and Fort Worth parents and Fort Worth leaders ought to be settling this,” said Price.
“You’ve got to hear both sides of the issue, and everybody has got to be willing to come to the table to try work out a solution,” Price said. “Maybe there’s some tweaks that can be put in this policy that can help. Maybe there’s more understanding.”
Mayor Price says it’s important that people read the guidelines issued by FWISD themselves before passing judgment.
“Don’t just stop and hang onto someone else’s word,” Price said. “Study it yourself and find out what you think and then let your elected officials know, whether it’s your school board or your city.”
As for Lt. Gov. Patrick’s demand that Dr. Scribner resign, that’s one thing that Mayor Price does not support.
“Dr. Scribner has done a good job, and this school board simply has to keep him,” Price said. “Whether he was correct on this policy or not, I don’t know, and that’s not for me to judge… Parents, teachers (and) educators all need to know that the city stands behind them to educate our kids and to treat all kids equally.”
The Fort Worth ISD says it plans on holding four open forums on the transgender student guidelines.
The dates and times have not yet been announced.
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