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The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education, on Tuesday evening, voted to join the La Joya ISD, et al. and Shanetra Miles-Fowler, et al. v. Abbott litigation currently pending in Travis County. Thatlawsuit challenges the no mask executive order issued by Governor Greg Abbott. 

“I hate masks,” said Trustee Anne Darr. “But the thing I hate more is sick children. As a parent, why would I ignore the pleas of our medical community to wear masks. It is my duty to support a mask mandate.”

The District previously issued a mask mandate but was blocked from implementing that requirement before the school year started by the 141st District Court in Tarrant County.

“I am appalled that the law is not protecting our children,” said Trustee Roxanne Martinez. “Parents, we need to mask up our children to keep them safe.”

“I hate that we’ve politicized a public health crisis,” said Trustee Quinton “Q” Phillips. “[Masking] is a tool to help make sure a child does not end up in an ICU. This is only about what is right for everyone.”

The vote was six in favor, two opposed and one abstention. Board members asked District leadership to bring a report to the Board for virtual learning at the next meeting.




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