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Trump administration: Texas could violate students’ civil rights by enforcing a rule that requires masks to be visible during school days

The Trump administration says Texas could violate the civil rights of students with disabilities by enforcing a rule that requires students to be visible when they wear a mask at school.

The Department of Education said Tuesday that some of the state’s uniform rules could jeopardize children’s right to an equal education.

“The one that Texas is very clear about is kids have to have access to a school with some kind of transparent article of clothing that is transparent,” Sarah Martensen, a spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday.

Under the Texas Education Code, parents can “require children with disabilities to wear spectacle, or non-glare type glasses, which are transparent … or a similar transparent article of clothing.” Students would have to wear the article of clothing on school grounds or during school hours.

But the Department of Education has concerns that the “school is mandating an unnecessary barrier.”

Texas officials don’t agree. They say they are studying the document and we are “committed to providing students with access to school while protecting their civil rights,” Martensen said.

Tuesday’s suit seeks to repeal a rule that requires students to be seen. The ACLU filed the lawsuit.

Read CNN’s full coverage of what’s happening with immigration in Texas

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