Sep 11, 2021 - Health

Texas attorney general sues 6 school districts over mask mandates

Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, speaks during a panel discussion about the Devaluing of American Citizenship during the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency.

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday that he's suing six school districts that have defied Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide ban on mask mandates.

The big picture: Some school districts in Texas have sought to implement masking requirements for teachers, students and staff as COVID-19 cases surge across the state.

  • The lawsuits challenge mask mandates issued by the Richardson, Round Rock, Galveston, Elgin, Spring and Sherman school districts.
  • Paxton's office said additional lawsuits might be filed should other “school districts and other governmental entities continue to defy state law.” 
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