SAN ANTONIA – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said Northside ISD will be investigated by Education Commissioner Mike Morat and the Attorney General’s Office after emails leaked allegations that employees were pressured to vote in Saturday’s bond election.

Abbott’s comments on Saturday were a response to Fr. Twitter from Corey DeAngelis, National Research Director of the American Children’s Federation, a group that fights for school choice. DeAngeles posted leaked emails from the Northside ISD director showing that the district’s central office controls the number of staff votes.

“I talked to Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morat about it,” Abbott tweeted. “He confirms that if these reports are verified, then it is probably a crime.”

Under Texas law, public officials cannot use public resources in statements that are “substantial and significant enough to have a reasonable likelihood of influencing a voter to vote for or against the measure.”

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Northside AFT Chief of Staff Melina Espiritu-Azakar confirmed that the teachers’ union had indeed expressed these concerns to county leaders ahead of the bond election.

“I can’t tell you what they did to solve these problems,” Espiritu-Azakar told NISD officials.

Espiritu-Azakar said the leak was not from the union and that the group was “disappointed” by the way it was portrayed on social media.

“It’s not useful or profitable,” Espiritu-Azakar said.

The union did approve the bond, which took place on Saturday, giving the district $ 992 million to renovate old schools and buy new buses.

“We are glad it passed because it was necessary in order to support and do what needs to be done across the county with our current schools and the schools that need to be built,” Espiritu-Azakar said.

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As for Ebat’s comments, Espiritu-Azakar said the governor was simply looking to destroy his base with “political rhetoric”.

“If he is really concerned about funding public education, then schools should be properly funded so that they do not have to look for bonds,” Espiritu-Azakar said. “So we’re disappointed with his behavior as usual.”

Barry Perez, NISD’s chief communications officer, did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday’s investigation.

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