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Nov. 24, 2021, 6:17 PM

Texas School Mask-Mandate Ban Back On During Disability Appeal

Laurel Calkins
Laurel Calkins
Bloomberg News

A federal appeals court has reinstated Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on school-mask mandates while it weighs whether the edict violates the rights of students with disabilities.

The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday granted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to put a lower judge’s order striking down the ban on hold while it considers the state’s appeal. The administrative stay was granted without explanation by a three-judge panel that includes two appointees of former President Donald Trump.

The debate over whether students should be required to wear masks has sparked heated debate and some ...