September 27, 2021
General News

School boards, masks and partisan politics

It’s probably fair to say that none of Arkansas’ 1,500 school board members ran for that unpaid office so they could vote on mask mandates, or any other issue that might rile up their communities. But here we are.

Since Judge Tim Fox blocked a state law banning school districts from enacting the mandates, school boards have been confronted with making such decisions. No matter how they vote, board members are sure to displease some of their patrons, including friends, family, neighbors and customers.

Did I mention they’re not paid for this?

So far, the result has been almost an even split. According to a running tally published by the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, 141 school districts and charter schools have enacted full or partial mask requirements, and 120 have decided not to do so.

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