Monday, October 18, 2021

S.C., Fla., Utah, Iowa in mask mandate lawsuits


Lawsuits brought by parents and civil rights advocates in several states over mask mandate bans imposed by governors are making their way through the courts.

As we reported, South Carolina, Utah, and Florida are three states whose governors have imposed mask mandate bans on local school systems.

Because the government’s imposition of a ban on mask mandates during a pandemic such as this shows a disregard for human life and the safety of students and teachers in our schools, Voxitatis advises that the bans be rescinded. Without masks and possibly vaccines, in-person instruction won’t be able to continue, and students will continue to fall behind academically, socially, and emotionally.

The Associated Press noted that the state board of education in Florida threatened to withhold federal funds from school districts that imposed mask mandates. However, US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said states like Florida can’t block federal funds for this reason.

A statement from the Florida board said that school districts can’t pick and choose which laws from the governor they obey and which ones they disregard.

Apparently we have a learning disability, as the Florida board just implied that if a law orders residents to drive without a seat belt, they can’t wear a seat belt.

Have we learned nothing? Apparently not in Florida.

The public school district in Columbia, South Carolina, imposed a mask mandate, and now the state is suing the school district, since the governor has banned mask mandates in schools.

An article in Forbes shows that many of the states that have banned mask mandates are facing legal challenges to those executive orders.

Paul Katula
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.


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