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A school district in Paris, Texas, will change its dress code to require masks — finding a possible loophole around Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide ban on mandates.

Why it matters: The school district's decision comes after the Republican governor, who has fought vehemently against public health measures, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

  • COVID-19 cases are surging due to the highly contagious Delta variant, and deaths are rising in the state.

The big picture: The Paris Independent School District said in a statement Tuesday that Abbott doesn't have the authority to take over the Board of Trustees' exclusive power to oversee the school.

  • "Nothing in the Governor’s Executive Order 38 states he has suspended Chapter 11 of the Texas Education Code, and therefore the Board has elected to amend its dress code consistent with its statutory authority," the district stated in a press release after the meeting.
  • The dress code changes aren't permanent and can be revised at the monthly Board of Trustee meetings, per The Paris News.

Go deeper

Oct 18, 2021 - Health

Over 30 states have limited officials' public health powers

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Republican lawmakers in more than 30 U.S. states have weakened health officials' authority to implement policies to protect the public against the coronavirus, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers in all 50 states have introduced bills to curb state and local officials' public health authority.

Redistricting's potential impact on Nashville

A map showing the Nashville planning department's first draft of council redistricting. Image courtesy of Nashville planning department

Nashville's first draft for a new Metro Council district map ricocheted through the city over the weekend.

Why it matters: The draft, driven by population shifts in the 2020 census, showed Antioch and southeast Nashville growing as a power center. An additional district could be moved there as the population continues to surge, meaning another position to represent the area on the council.

John Frank, author of Denver
Oct 18, 2021 - Axios Denver

Meet the candidates: Denver school board at-large seat

From left to right, Marla Benavides, Jane Shirley, Scott Esserman, Nicky Yollick, Vernon Jones Jr. Photos courtesy of campaigns

The state's largest school district is holding elections in four of nine districts, our education reporting partner Chalkbeat writes.

Let's meet the at-large candidates in the order they will appear on Denver residents' ballots.