Tuesday, August 17, 2021

A Texas school district made wearing masks part of its dress code to try to avoid the state's efforts to prevent mask mandates


The school district, which is located about 100 miles northeast of Dallas, has nearly 4,000 students across eight campuses, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

“The Texas Governor does not have the authority to usurp the Board of Trustees’ exclusive power and duty to govern and oversee the management of the public schools of the district,” Paris ISD said in a release posted on its website. “Nothing in the Governor’s Executive Order 38 states he has suspended Chapter 11 of the Texas Education Code, and therefore the Board has elected to amend its dress code consistent with its statutory authority.”

Also in Texas:

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has threatened to revoke the liquor licenses of two Austin restaurants for requiring their customers to provide proof of at least a first round of COVID-19 vaccinations before they would be served.


As a result, both restaurants posted the same message Thursday on their Facebook pages, alerting the public that they will no longer require proof of vaccination but asking guests to wear masks indoors when not seated at a table.

Meanwhile, in New Orleans:

For fans who are season ticket holders and are unvaccinated or refuse to show a negative COVID-19 test, tickets will not be refunded, according to the Saints.

The Saints said they also would not offer season ticket holders an option to opt out of the season.

The Louisiana Attorney General's response:

A similar story from 2017:
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry wants the state to review the public funding, tax incentives and other benefits it gives to the New Orleans Saints following player protests during the national anthem Sunday (Sept. 24).

"Why should the taxpayers subsidize with hundreds of millions of dollars a two billion dollar organization that allows the blatant disregard for our flag and our anthem?"