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Fort Worth day care will stay open during review

FORT WORTH -- Miss Endy’s Playhouse and Christian Day School will stay open while discipline issues raised by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services are reviewed in an administrative process, officials with the state and the school said.

The state agency threatened to force the school to close after children told an investigator they were spanked for wetting their pants.

Day care leaders deny the allegations but contend in court documents that spanking is a discipline option because the facility is a Christian school. Miss Endy’s, which has 38 preschool and grade school students, is located in the Como area of Fort Worth.

“Child care licensing will be scrutinizing them very closely,” said Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the department, which oversees child-care facilities.

An injunction hearing set for today was canceled after an agreement was reached, Gonzales said. The issues raised by investigators will be addressed in the administrative process, not in state district court.

“We kept the school open pending the administrative proceedings,” said Michael Handy, a Fort Worth attorney representing the facility. “We anticipate a favorable ruling from the state.”

School leaders have requested an administrative review through the department. If the result of that process doesn’t satisfy school leaders, they could request a proceeding with the State Office of Administrative Hearings.