A federal judge rules that Texas’ ban on states Use of masks in schools Violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to court documents filed Wednesday in US District Court.
Federal District Judge Lee Yeekel in Austin ruled that the ban he ordered Republican Governor Greg Abbott Violated federal law that protects access Students with disabilities in public education.
Nonprofit advocacy group Disabled Rights Texas has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of several Texas families against Texas Governor and Attorney General Ken Paxton and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Murth, alleging that Abbott’s ban restricts accommodations for disabled children particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. .
“Children with certain underlying conditions who develop COVID-19 are more susceptible to severe acute biological effects and require admission to hospital and a hospital intensive care unit,” the suit says.
In his decision, Yeakel prevented Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from suing school districts requiring students to wear masks as a safety measure. Paxton has already sued 15 school districts To cancel those local mask states.
Kim Davis Johnson from Texas Disabled Rights in a Statement.
As the court decided, Texas is not above federal law, and state officials cannot prohibit school districts from providing accommodations for students who are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 risks “.
The Texas attorney general announced that he will appeal the judge’s decision
According to court documents filed Wednesday, Texas Independent School Districts can choose whether to implement mask mandates during the 2020-2021 school year.
The ruling comes after months of clashes between state and local leaders over mask mandates in schools, not just in Texas, but across the country.
according to University of Texas Survey / The Texas TribuneAccording to the same newspaper, 57% of voters support the requirement to wear masks in indoor public places based on local conditions, while 58% support the requirement for students and staff in public schools.
In contrast, 40% oppose the requirements in indoor public spaces and 39% oppose the compulsory use of masks in schools.