In separate rulings, courts have overturned opposite state mandates regarding masks in public schools.
The masking of children in US schools as a safety measure against Covid-19 has been a highly controversial, vigorously-debated issue since the beginning of the pandemic, sparking much political division.
For the most part, individual school systems or districts have made mask policies with input and guidance from their local school boards, health officials, and parent input.
However, in Pennsylvania and Texas, governors have imposed enforced state-wide mask mandate policies on all schools.
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott had imposed, by executive order, a ban on mask mandates in schools. On November 10, US District Judge Lee Yeakel overturned the governor's ban, ruling that it prevented "disabled students' access to public education," and saying it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Yeakel's decision also prohibits Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from suing school districts that enforce mask mandates. Paxton immediately took to Twitter after the ruling and stated, "My agency is considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision."
Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf's mandatory mask mandate was struck down by Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court.
In a 4-1 decision, the court stated that Health Secretary Alison Bean did not have the authority to issue a statewide mandate for schools.
Pennsylvania Department of Health does not have carte blanche authority to impose whatever disease control measures the Department of Health sees fit to implement without regard for the procedures for promulgating rules and regulations, expedited or otherwise. In the absence of a declared emergency, the Governor and the executive agencies of the Commonwealth must follow the prescribed procedures for rulemaking.
Judge Christie Cannon wrote for the majority stating
Governor Tom Wolfe immediately appealed the court decision, which blocks it for now and keeps the school mask mandate in place.
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Total madness. The ADA has been one of the most abused statutes in the country. If Sweden can have NO masking, NO social distancing, etc. in its schools from the beginning, the fact that the USA is still arguing about this is beyond insane.
Bruce Williamson says
And here in PA we voted to restrict governor's authority to extend an emergency indefinitely. No emergency so no mandate by the health department.
George GEORGE HARTOFILLIS says
Yes Bruce. Good thing some of the southern states are moving to form their own civil guards. The level of control from Washington must be becoming overwhelming. The masks are a waste of time. Doctors use them in surgeries to protect 'opened' patients from exterior bacteria. Not meant for general use. The problem is on the inside of people that have taken the deadly Covid-19 serums. We can use petrol at the pump as an analogy. Before they got vaccinated, their body's immune system was 98 strength effective. With 1 vaccine shot, it dropped to 95 then 91 with the 2nd. With the booster it is a 93 with 5% ethanol. It's putting sugar in the tank, and not advisable by any mechanics standards. Gives the engine problems in the long run. No different with boosters. People are becoming immunocompromised. The round delta protein has now been overcome by the 'deformed' epsilon strain. This is evidence of viral breakout. It will be difficult for the scientists to 'tweak' the proteins and cover them in a protective booster. What happens when epsilon mingles with Lamda? It will create something completely disformed that paves the way for the vaccinated infected to remain constantly sick. Game Over. No booster will work and people will die in droves from other infections. We have been lied to from the beginning. This was proved on the 3rd of November, with the findings that Pfizer provided fraudulent data for its vaccines. Something they have done many times in their past and been fined billions for. IT IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY TO JAB AND MANDATE SUCH VACCINES. Any doctor or nurse will be held liable after the pandemic, especially for the unrolling of these killer shots on children and pregnant women, as the Swiss, Greek, Qatari and UAE governments have done. May justice be done in God's name.