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Two federal judges rule local Tennessee school districts can mandate masks

Added 09-25-21 10:57:01pm EST - “Two federal judges in separate rulings Friday said that Tennessee school districts could implement mask mandates, despite GOP Gov.” - Thehill.com

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Two federal judges in separate rulings Friday said that Tennessee school districts could implement mask mandates, despite GOP Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order stating that parents could opt out of the coronavirus requirements. 

In one of the decisions, U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer of the Eastern District of Tennessee granted a motion from a group of Knox County students and parents for a preliminary injunction against the executive order. 

The judge also instructed the school district to put a mask mandate in place in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits businesses, states and local governments and other entities from discriminating based on disability. 

In a similar ruling, U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw of the Middle District of Tennessee said that schools in Williamson County and the Franklin Special School District could implement mask mandates. 

Three federal judges have now ruled against Lee’s order, with U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman previously blocking Lee’s measure in Shelby County by issuing a preliminary injunction last week. 

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