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Note: This story has been updated to include more information about Fort Worth Independent School District’s new policy, to include remarks Superintendent Kent Scribner made to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and to note a letter sent to the district by Attorney General Ken Paxton.AUSTIN — Fort Worth Independent School District Kent Scribner is not backing down from putting in place new rules that accommodate transgender students, telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he would not resign after top officials criticized his decision.

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“Without any discussion with parents, board members, principals, and other community leaders, Dr.

Scribner’s unilateral action underscores this lack of fitness to hold his position as superintendent,” Patrick said in a prepared statement.

“I call upon the parents within the Fort Worth ISD to take immediate steps to repeal this stealthy scheme and remove Dr.

Scribner from his post.” Scribner, who took up the post in September after nearly eight years as a superintendent in Arizona, presented a new policy for transgender students at the school board’s April 19 meeting.

The policy was approved by Scribner and several other staffers, including the district’s general counsel, and takes effect immediately “unless and until revised or revoked.” Transgender students will now be able to use the bathroom and locker room of their choice, the policy stated, and teachers are to address them by the pronoun that corresponds to their gender identity.

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