Is the Abbott Administration Closing Libraries as Part of Its Houston Public School Revamp?
Claim: Texas Republican governor Greg Abbott's administration is closing libraries and turning them into disciplinary centers as part of a state intervention into Houston's chronically underperforming public school system.
Who said it: A slew of left-wing media outlets, including the New York Times. In an Aug. 13 piece headlined "Texas Revamps Houston Schools, Closing Libraries and Angering Parents," the Times wrote that Abbott's administration fired librarians and "effectively close[d] libraries in some of the city's poorest schools," a move the paper suggested would hurt minority students and families.
Why it matters: Houston's public schools are lagging far behind those in...