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Districts, Teachers Respond To State Ban On Mask Requirements In Public Schools

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Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order last week that bans local governments and public schools from requiring masks.

In a press release, Abbott said "Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices." State-supported living centers, government-owned or operated hospitals, Department of Criminal Justice facilities, as well as county and municipal jails are exempt.

The change began on May 21, except in public schools, where mask rules can remain in place until June 4.

How have teachers responded? How are local districts navigating the change? What do parents think about the new relaxed mask rules?


  • Patrick Svitek, political reporter for the Texas Tribune
  • Camille Phillips, TPR education reporter
  • Ovidia Molina, president of the Texas State Teachers Association

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*This interview was recorded on Monday, May 24.

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