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Federal Court: Iowa May Enforce Mask Ban in Most Schools

A federal appeals court is allowing the state of Iowa to enforce a law that prevents local schools from imposing mask mandates. However, the court is also allowing a group of parents of disabled children to pursue a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the law. 

Two members of a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Omaha on Tuesday found a previous federal judge’s decision that blocked the state ban on mask mandates was too broad. 

They sided with the parents and a disability rights group in concluding that their lawsuit can proceed in federal court. 

The panel found the parents likely will succeed because mask requirements constitute a reasonable modification and schools’ failure to provide this accommodation likely violates the federal Rehabilitation Act.

 

story courtesy of Associated Press

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