Obama-appointed judge temporarily blocks mask mandates that ban Tennessee law in schools

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A federal judge on Sunday night temporarily blocked a new Tennessee law that bans the mandates of face masks in schools.

Governor Bill Lee signed a large new Covid bill on Friday banning the mandates of face masks in schools.

A lawsuit was filed on Friday afternoon on behalf of eight Tennessee students who claim their rights under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) would have been violated if masks were banned in schools.

Chief Justice of the United States District Court for the Central District of Tennessee Waverly D. Crenshaw blocked the new law.

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“Given the alleged conflict and possible confusion this creates for schools in Tennessee, pending an expedited hearing, the parties will maintain the STATUS QUO regarding students with disabilities and their federally guaranteed rights starting Thursday. November 11, 2021 “. wrote the Obama-appointed judge.

Fox13 Memphis reported:

Governor Bill Lee approved a document banning schools from imposing mask mandates unless COVID-19 levels rise significantly on Friday afternoon.

A day after the governor signed the bill, suburban school districts like Collierville, Germantown, and others in Shelby County began announcing political changes.

However, in a Sunday order, US District Judge Waverly Crenshaw of the Middle District of Tennessee stated, “Given the alleged conflict and possible confusion this creates for Tennessee schools … the parties will maintain the STATUS QUO.” starting November 11, the day before Lee signed the ban on the mask mandate.

The judge also scheduled a lecture on the order for Monday afternoon.

According to Fox 13, several Tennessee schools announced Sunday night that they will keep their optional terms.

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