Abbott wants TEA to check if Northside ISD pressured employees to vote for $992M bond

As voters cast ballots Saturday in Northside Independent School District’s bond election, Gov. Greg Abbott was retweeting allegations that district employees were pressured to vote for it.

The district said it had already clarified “miscommunication” by a principal more than a week earlier.

The bond proposal passed, giving Northside ISD the green light to secure $992 million in funding with long-term debt.

In his tweet, Abbott said he spoke to Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath about what appeared to be 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 will work with the Attorney General’s Office to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute this matter,” Abbott continued.

Northside ISD released a statement Monday acknowledging that the principal — which it also did not name — can’t tell employees how to vote and that this was conveyed in a clarification 10 days he sent the emails.

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