State of Texas and Mask Mandates

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10/5/2021 This Is Starting to Get Crazy Many of the Americans who oppose covid vaccination and mask mandates are fierce and even crazy. There has been nothing like it in medical history. Never before have so many people vehemently attacked medical science, at least not since Edward Jenner performed the first vaccination about 1800. On Tuesday, September 28, a man in Wichita Falls, Texas, tried to enter a hospital without a mask. A security guard told him ...
10/4/2021 This Is Starting to Get Crazy Many of the Americans who oppose covid vaccination and mask mandates are fierce and even crazy. There has been nothing like it in medical history. Never before have so many people vehemently attacked medical science, at least not since Edward Jenner performed the first vaccination about 1800.On Tuesday, September 28, a man in Wichita Falls, Texas, tried to enter a hospital without a mask. A security guard told him ...
10/1/2021 DeSantis‚Äô Florida and Abbott's Texas See Most Improved Housing Markets ... Carney, Breitbart : The most improved large housing markets over the past year are in the Republican-led states of Florida, Texas, and Tennessee, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. Data reveals that out of ... of the most prominent political leaders against pandemic restrictions and mask mandates. The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin in Tennessee. Governor Bill Lee, a Republican, declared an end to the state‚Aos pandemic emergency in April ...
9/21/2021 Texas Startups Mount Fight Against Abortion Ban‚ÄîWithout Big Tech Yahoo News Bloomberg) -- Technology leaders across Texas have been privately meeting for weeks, discussing how to best combat the state‚Aos new abortion law and challenge a cultural shift they believe will make it difficult to attract ... state‚Aos controversial shifts to restrict voter-rights and eliminate mask mandates in public schools, they are not stepping up to oppose the abortion ban. That‚Aos frustrating their Texas tech brethren, who see the ...
9/21/2021 Texas Startups Mount Fight Against Abortion Ban‚ÄîWithout Big Tech Bloomberg) ‚Ai Technology leaders across Texas have been privately meeting for weeks, discussing how to best combat the state‚Aos new abortion law and challenge a cultural shift they believe will make it difficult to ... state‚Aos controversial shifts to restrict voter-rights and eliminate mask mandates in public schools, they are not stepping up to oppose the abortion ban. That‚Aos frustrating their Texas tech brethren, who see the ...
9/21/2021 Texas Startups Mount Fight Against Abortion Ban-Without Big Tech DAILY MAGAZINERETURN TO POSTRETURN TO POST(Bloomberg) -- Technology leaders across Texas have been privately meeting for weeks, discussing how to best combat the state's new abortion law and challenge a cultural shift they ... the state's controversial shifts to restrict voter-rights and eliminate mask mandates in public schools, they are not stepping up to oppose the abortion ban. That's frustrating their Texas tech brethren, who see the law ...
9/20/2021 North Texas parents want air purifiers in cafeterias FRISCO, Texas ‚Ai Parents in a North Texas school district are asking for three things: mask mandates, hybrid learning options and portable air purifiers.What You Need To Know The group Unified Parents of Frisco ISD protested asking for safer schools Parents especially want better hybrid learning options and portable air-purifiers for the cafeteria The group stood outside of FISD headquarters holding signs and wearing all white to get ...
9/20/2021 Texas Startups Mount Fight Against Abortion Ban‚ÄîExcept Big Tech Bloomberg) -- Technology leaders across Texas have been privately meeting for weeks, discussing how to best combat the state‚Aos new abortion law and challenge a cultural shift they believe will make it difficult to attract ... state‚Aos controversial shifts to restrict voter-rights and eliminate mask mandates in public schools, they are not stepping up to oppose the abortion ban. That‚Aos frustrating their Texas tech brethren, who see the ...
9/18/2021 Newsom used DeSantis to win California recall. Does it mean anything in Florida? ... mask mandates that Florida‚Aos governor has opposed.‚AuDon‚Aot DeSantis my California,‚Au became a rallying cry that sparked Internet memes and campaign signs.‚AuWhat was happening in Florida, in Texas, was leading the national news every day,‚Au a senior adviser to Newsom‚Aos anti-recall campaign, Nathan Click, told the Tampa Bay Times . ‚AuIt provided a very clear contrast.‚AuNewsom‚Aos strategy prevailed Tuesday. With millions ...
9/16/2021 More than half of U.S. states vow to fight Biden's vaccine mandate ... Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Republican attorneys general from states with Democratic governors who also vowed to fight include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom Biden has sparred over mask mandates and vaccine passports, said Florida would fight back. ‚AuWhen you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand ...
9/16/2021 More than half of states to fight vaccine mandate ... Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Republican attorneys general from states with Democratic governors who also vowed to fight include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom Biden has sparred over mask mandates and vaccine passports, said Florida would fight back. ‚AuWhen you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand ...
9/16/2021 More than half of states to fight vaccine mandate ... Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Republican attorneys general from states with Democratic governors who also vowed to fight include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom Biden has sparred over mask mandates and vaccine passports, said Florida would fight back. ‚AuWhen you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand ...
9/16/2021 Texas school districts sued over mask mandates push back Star Telegram Texas]Texas school districts sued over mask mandates push backSome of the 15 Texas school districts that have been sued in the past week for defying Republican Gov. Greg Abbott‚Aos ban on mask mandates are pushing back against the lawsuits.One school district said Wednesday that it doesn't have such a mandate and isn't sure why it's being sued, while another said the lawsuit against it was filed ...
9/16/2021 Can there be a winner in the school culture wars? https://www.csmonitor.com/-By Chelsea Sheasley Staff writer In a typical back-to-school season, markers and poster board might be on a classroom supply list. This year, they‚Äôre also hot items for protesters attending their local school board meetings. Mask mandates, critical race theory, ‚Äúyou name the issue and people want to speak out,‚Äù says Heath Miller, a high school band director in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who considers this the most stressful period of his 20 years teaching. In recent weeks, individuals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, lit masks on fire outside a school board meeting. Pro-mask protesters in Fort Worth, Texas, staged a mock funeral outside the school board president's home in August. The critical race theory debate continues to burn after erupting last spring, with new laws passed in eight states banning teachers from covering ‚Äúdivisive topics‚Äù and multiple other states considering restrictive measures. Loudoun County, Virginia, saw contentious clashes over the district's expansion of transgender student rights. Why We Wrote This Schools have long been a battle ground for contentious societal ideas. But what does a ‚Äúwin‚Äù look like in today's polarized debates over masks, critical race theory, and gender identity? The latest fights are raging in part because they touch on differing views of social values and what it means to be an American, experts say, and are driven by desires to win local victories and to change national narratives. Yet despite the long history of culture wars in education in the United States, the question of whether these wars are really winnable is one that's rarely asked, says Adam Laats, a historian at Binghamton University in New York who studies cultural battles in education. ‚ÄúI think there's a bunch of seeming paradoxes when it comes to winnability,‚Äù Dr. Laats says. ‚ÄúIf there is a winner, whoever the winner is will not claim it as a victory but instead try and rally the troops under the threat of whatever it is next.‚Äù Conflict over the idea of what America stands for often intensifies during periods of change, says Andrew Hartman, an Illinois State University professor of history who studies culture wars. ‚ÄúIt does seem that we‚Äôre in another period of mass reflection on this larger question of what it means to be an American. This stems from the rapid changes in how we think about gender identity, certainly the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement,‚Äù he says. ‚ÄúThe current culture wars in schools, particularly with regards to race, critical race theory, sex education, and gender, are stemming from these changes that are taking place not just politically, but in people's consciousness.‚Äù Polling shows some of the divides. In August, a survey by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 58% of American adults favor mask mandates for students attending K-12 schools in person, with about 30% of Republicans supporting mask mandates compared with about 80% of Democrats. (Support rose to 65% of Americans supporting mask mandates for students in an early September poll by USA Today/Ipsos; results were not broken down by political party.) A Morning Consult-Politico survey in June found that less than a majority of Americans knew about critical race theory, a decades-old idea targeted by conservative activists that considers the ways race and racism influence American politics, culture, and law. Among those Americans who are aware of it, Republicans are more likely to view it unfavorably. Cultural wars around education happen in part because of the role schools play in the parent-child relationship, says Dr. Hartman. ‚ÄúBy sending your kid to a public school you‚Äôre conceding in part the raising of your kid to the state, at least in theory or principle. You can see why conflicts would develop over schools for that reason.‚Äù ‚ÄúNot above the fray‚Äù Disputes over education in America are as common as reading, writing, and arithmetic ‚Äì from the 1920s Scopes Monkey Trial that dealt with the teaching of evolution to the 1962 Engel v. Vitale Supreme Court case that ruled school prayer unconstitutional, to 1990s battles over proposed national history standards. Long-term trends in culture wars tend to favor progressive causes, says Dr. Laats of Binghamton University. But conservatives can claim victory over the fact that education still follows a traditional format in most places and that local activists have succeeded at changing curricula, he says. ‚ÄúThe sense I get is it's more about exerting political influence and illustrating or demonstrating that your group is highly motivated on this issue and therefore a force to be reckoned with,‚Äù rather than changing others‚Äô minds, says Neal McCluskey, director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington. The system is working the way it's supposed to, with local control of education and mechanisms to voice concerns through school board meetings and elections, says Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow who studies K-12 education at the American Enterprise Institute, a right-of-center think tank in Washington. ‚ÄúEducation is not above the fray, it is the fray,‚Äù he says. ‚ÄúIt should surprise no one that in a diverse and divided country, people are going to bring those divisions to their schools in the forms of these heated debates.‚Äù ‚ÄúA long process‚Äù When Revida Rahman attends school board meetings in Williamson County, Tennessee, she's on the side with people holding posters reading ‚ÄúRacism hurts us all.‚Äù Brett Craig typically sits with people holding up signs like ‚ÄúMy Child. My Choice.‚Äù Both local parents say they‚Äôre turning out to urge school leaders to do what's best for kids, but they differ in their ideas about what it means to win. ‚ÄúWinning for us isn‚Äôt like a football game win, where you make the play and it's over. This is a long process,‚Äù says Ms. Rahman, co-founder of One WillCo, a group that advocates for racial equity in schools. ‚ÄúA win to me would be to ‚Äòlive and let live.‚Äô That's the American bargain. You‚Äôre free to have absolute convictions about whatever you want, but you‚Äôre not free to impose convictions on me,‚Äù says Mr. Craig, a public relations volunteer with the local chapter of the conservative group Moms for Liberty. He favors parent choice on masks and removing curricula he sees as politically motivated. A recent NBC News analysis of school districts where disputes are flaring over critical race theory found that many of the districts are in locations where demographics are diversifying. In Loudoun County, Virginia, the share of students of color in the average white student's school has increased by 29.5 percentage points since 1994, above the overall national rise of 11.2 percentage points. Patti Hidalgo Menders, president of the Loudoun County Republican Women's Club and mother of a high school junior, pushes back on the implication that disputes stem from changing demographics. She's a daughter of immigrants from Cuba, and she says her parents taught her to assimilate and be proud Americans. Ms. Menders organized recent ‚ÄúEducation, Not Indoctrination‚Äù rallies and is involved with an effort to recall six members of the Loudoun County school board. Among other things, she's upset the district has limited what she calls the ‚Äúfreedoms‚Äù of parents and students, such as choices around masks and vaccinations. She feels like her side has ‚Äúnot won anything.‚Äù Many grassroots activists hope they will win policies advancing their causes, at least on the local level, by attending school board meetings and organizing to elect school board members that represent their values, says Dr. Hartman, the education historian. Some politicians, lobbyists, and members of the media intentionally stir up cultural battles to gain votes, fundraising, or ratings, he says. ‚ÄúSome people profit and benefit and enjoy fighting these culture wars and some see it as more existential and think they can win,‚Äù says Dr. Hartman. Ms. Rahman in Tennessee started working to improve her children's schools after she and her husband chaperoned their sons on field trips to a plantation about five years ago and were dismayed by the lack of information about slavery and the lack of compassion shown by others on the trip. ‚ÄúThey were showing empathy for the 12-, 13-year-old [Confederate] soldiers who were fighting, but the same empathy wasn‚Äôt shown to the slaves that were on the plantation,‚Äù says Ms. Rahman, who identifies as Black. Ms. Rahman says her two sons and their classmates of color continue to face incidents such as white children using racial slurs on the school bus. She and other parents went to the district with their concerns and have succeeded in some of their goals, such as having the district start a cultural competency council. She views the latest disputes in Williamson County as less about ‚Äúculture wars‚Äù and more about long-standing racism in America. She thinks it would be a win for people to continue the reckoning with racism that was started after the death of George Floyd rather than ‚Äúeveryone retreating to their corners,‚Äù as she's seeing now. Ms. Menders is also trying to get people to come together. She recently gathered friends and acquaintances from a range of political and racial backgrounds to discuss their different positions. ‚ÄúI would love to have more dialogue like that,‚Äù she says, even though one person in the group decided they didn‚Äôt want to participate in the future. ‚ÄúOur goal was to help each other understand the other people's point of view.‚Äù ... Mask mandates, critical race theory, ‚Auyou name the issue and people want to speak out,‚Au says Heath Miller, a high school band director in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who considers this the most stressful period of his 20 years teaching. In recent weeks, individuals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, lit masks on fire outside a school board meeting. Pro-mask protesters in Fort Worth, Texas, staged a mock funeral outside the school ...
9/16/2021 "A Simple Actuarial Analysis." ... Texas blame their governors for doing everything possible to stymie reasonable pandemic safety measures such as mask mandates, or will they blame the Biden Administration for‚A¶I don‚Aot know, not tying people to a chair and manually forcing the COVID vaccine into their arms? For weeks now, however, people have been asking me an even more basic, crass question about the impact of political tribalism on the 2022 ...
9/16/2021 Texas Sues School Districts Over Their Mask Policies (Sept. 16, 2021) ‚Äì Houston Public Media Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: iframe src="https://embed.hpm.io/408630/408553" style="height: 115px; width: 100%;" /iframe X On Thursday‚Aos Houston Matters: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton continues to sue school districts across the state over their mask policies, accusing them of defying the governor‚Aos executive order banning public schools and local municipalities from issuing their own mask mandates. We ...
9/16/2021 Biden Lies About Florida, Texas COVID Response While Withholding Lifesaving Treatments ... a Break" ‚Ai quickly turned vindictive as Biden repeated his attacks on Republican-led states. "The governors of Florida and Texas are doing everything they can to undermine the lifesaving requirements that I have proposed ... governors in Florida and Texas have pursued measures that ban mask mandates ‚Ai which is different than an outright ban on masks, despite the lies peddled by Biden and other Democrats ‚Ai while President Biden ...
9/16/2021 More than half of states to fight vaccine mandate ... Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Republican attorneys general from states with Democratic governors who also vowed to fight include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom Biden has sparred over mask mandates and vaccine passports, said Florida would fight back. ‚AuWhen you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand ...
9/16/2021 More than half of states to fight vaccine mandate ... Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Republican attorneys general from states with Democratic governors who also vowed to fight include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom Biden has sparred over mask mandates and vaccine passports, said Florida would fight back. ‚AuWhen you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand ...
9/15/2021 A Texas school district doesn‚Äôt require masks. The state is suing the district anyway. Chron Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has unleashed another wave of lawsuits against school districts over their masking policies ‚Ai but one of them says it doesn't even require face coverings. Midway Independent School District is ... order banning public schools and local governments from enacting local mask mandates. Under Midway's virus protocol, campuses can issue 10-day "mask directives‚Au that encourage mask-wearing on the premises if virus transmission reaches ...
9/15/2021 Texas school districts sued over mask mandates push back Texas school districts sued over mask mandates push back JUAN A. LOZANO , Associated Press Sep. 15, 2021 Comments 6 1 of 6 Supporters of mask mandates in public schools gather outside the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Eric Gay/AP Show More Show Less 2 of 6 Carroll Independent School District parents from both sides of the issue protest masks in schools before the school board ...
9/14/2021 More Than Half of US States Vow to Fight Biden's Vaccine Mandate ... Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Republican attorneys general from states with Democratic governors who also vowed to fight include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom Biden has sparred over mask mandates and vaccine passports, said Florida would fight back. ‚AuWhen you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand ...
9/14/2021 More Than Half of US States Vow to Fight Biden's Vaccine Mandate ... Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Republican attorneys general from states with Democratic governors who also vowed to fight include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom Biden has sparred over mask mandates and vaccine passports, said Florida would fight back. ‚AuWhen you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand ...
9/14/2021 Anti-abortion restrictions are dangerous for Temple students On Sept. 1, Texas‚Ao newest abortion ban went into effect, officially banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, before most women know they are pregnant, NPR reported . The law also allows private citizens ... use the phrase ‚Aumy body my choice‚Au to prohibit mask mandates even though it may jeopardize the health of others, said Lauren Berry, a junior English major. ‚AuIt‚Aos just not about life, it ...
9/14/2021 More than half of U.S. states vow to fight Biden's vaccine mandate ... Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Republican attorneys general from states with Democratic governors who also vowed to fight include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom Biden has sparred over mask mandates and vaccine passports, said Florida would fight back. ‚AuWhen you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand ...