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Seven Virginia school boards are suing Gov. Glenn YoungkinGlenn YoungkinVirginia's new AG sacks lawyers at University of Virginia, George Mason Virginia's Youngkin gets the DeSantis treatment from media Los Angeles school district to require students to wear 'non-cloth masks with a nose wire' MORE (R-Va.) in an effort to block his executive order that makes mask wearing optional in the classroom.
The plaintiffs, led by Fairfax County Public Schools, are requesting an immediate injunction of Youngkin’s executive order, which gives Virginia parents the authority to choose whether or not their children should wear a face covering in classrooms.
The school boards are arguing that Youngkin’s order violates a section of the state constitution, which says “The supervision of schools in each school division shall be vested in a school board.”
They are also contending that the new governor’s order is in breach of a law former Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.), Youngkin’s predecessor, signed in March, which says schools in the state should abide by federal health recommendation to the “maximum extent practicable.”
For kindergarten through twelfth grade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends universal indoor masking for all students ages two years and older, staff, teachers and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
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