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ROUND ROCK — Amid a troubling series of events in their local school district, Central Texans are exposing corruption—and demanding action—from their school officials.

What’s Happening in Round Rock Independent School District?

At a public school board meeting last week in the northern Austin suburb of Round Rock, parents organized to again testify to the RRISD school board about one of numerous recent problems—and, again, the board trustees resisted them.

The main issue last week was the school board’s potentially dangerous free-for-all private room policy, where boys are currently allowed in girls’ private rooms. Texas Scorecard recently detailed the issue in a report, when, based on a series of tips, we interviewed a handful of district students, parents, and staff experiencing the unsecured locker room rule at the schools. Many of the interviewees also knew of school plans to place boys in girls’ hotel rooms during school trips. When parents brought their concerns to district officials—including administration, legal staff, and the school board and superintendent—they were disregarded.

“I had my solution early on, and I’ve been directed on what we’re going to do. And what we’re going to do is allow every student that identifies as a female to go into the female restroom,” one of the district principals told several of those community members.

The principal added he “hopes” nothing terrible like the recent Loudon County, Virginia, sexual assault—which occurred in a public school with a similar open private room policy—happens in Round Rock.

After the report, parents began circulating a petition last week, demanding the school board make a policy to protect all students. After just a few days, the petition has more than 600 signatures.

The private room issue comes amid other recent troubling stories for the seven-member RRISD school board and superintendent Dr. Hafedh Azaiez, including

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