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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at the Austin Police Association in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 10, 2020.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at the Austin Police Association in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 10, 2020.
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Law & Courts Texas Attorney General Sues More School Districts That Require Masks
The Texas attorney general's office anticipates filing more lawsuits against districts flouting the governor’s order. Will Dallas be next?
Talia Richman, The Dallas Morning News, September 15, 2021
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas, on June 8, 2021.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas, on June 8, 2021.
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States Bill to Restrict How Race and Racism Is Taught in Schools Headed to Texas Governor
If the "critical race theory" bill sounds familiar, that's because lawmakers passed a similar one during the regular legislative session.
Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 3, 2021
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States From Our Research Center Map: A-F Grades, Rankings for States on School Quality
Here’s a map showing grades for all the states on this year’s Quality Counts summative report card, on which the nation gets a C overall.
EdWeek Research Center, September 1, 2021
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States Nation Gets a 'C' on Latest School Quality Report Card, While N.J. Again Boasts Top Grade
A slight increase in this year's Quality Counts score isn't enough to boost the nation's school system above last year's middling grade.
Sterling C. Lloyd & Alex Harwin, September 1, 2021
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States From Our Research Center State Grades on K-12 Achievement: 2021 Map and Rankings
Examine the grades and scores that states and the nation earned on K-12 achievement, along with how they scored on a host of indicators.
EdWeek Research Center, September 1, 2021
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Law & Courts Mask Mandate Lawsuits Reflect Bigger Battle: Do States or Local Districts Control Schools?
Some legal clarity is forming over whether governors may restrict school districts from enacting mask mandates to fight COVID-19.
Mark Walsh, August 27, 2021
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School & District Management Unmasked and Masked Students Separated at Texas School District
The measure is one part of a new “mask enforcement” policy in Eanes Independent School District in Austin.
Kaitlyn Alanis, The Charlotte Observer, August 27, 2021
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Stillman Middle School students in face masks walk through their campus courtyard to class during their first day back to school Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, in Brownsville, Texas.
Stillman Middle School students in face masks walk through their campus courtyard to class during their first day back to school Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, in Brownsville, Texas.
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States Texas Not Enforcing Ban on School Mask Mandates Amid Ongoing Legal Battles
Texas is not enforcing Gov. Abbott's executive orders banning mask requirements in schools, the Texas Education Agency said.
María Méndez and Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman (Austin, Texas), August 20, 2021
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States Infographic Which States Ban Mask Mandates in Schools, and Which Require Masks?
To better understand where school districts can and can't require masks, Education Week is tracking state-level school mask mandates.
Stacey Decker & Hyon-Young Kim, August 20, 2021
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Young Black boy in the classroom wearing mask during COVID-19
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School & District Management Texas School District Finds Unique Loophole in Gov. Abbott's Ban on Mask Mandates
The Paris school district's board of trustees voted to alter the district's dress code to include masks.
Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, August 18, 2021
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Law & Courts School Districts Defying Texas Mask Ban Face Setback From State Supreme Court
The Texas Supreme Court stepped in to void temporary restraining orders that had allowed Dallas and San Antonio to impose mask mandates.
Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman, August 16, 2021
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Image of a boy working on a computer with a  disposable medical mask covering his face for health and  safety.
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Federal Cardona Presses Florida, Texas on Masks in Schools, Pledges Support for Defiant Districts
Relief aid could offset financial penalties for districts that defy state bans on mask rules, the Biden administration told governors.
Evie Blad, August 15, 2021
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Rosalind Osgood, Broward County Public Schools board member, hands out lunch to the community while schools are closed for the week amid the virus outbreak at Dillard High School on March 16, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Rosalind Osgood, Broward County Public Schools board member, hands out lunch to the community while schools are closed for the week amid the virus outbreak at Dillard High School on March 16, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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School & District Management Meet the School Leaders Defying Bans on Mask Mandates
A handful of superintendents and school boards are standing up to governors’ orders or state laws that bar them from requiring masking.
Lesli A. Maxwell, August 13, 2021
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Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa announces that masks will be required at all Dallas ISD schools at DISD headquarters in Dallas, Monday, August 9, 2021.
Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa announces that masks will be required at all district schools earlier this week in Dallas.
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School & District Management In Their Own Words Defiant Superintendent: 'How Can I Follow a Law I Believe Endangers My Students?'
A superintendent explains why he required masks in school despite a statewide ban on such policies.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 12, 2021
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