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Missouri Takes Schools To Court Over Mask Mandates

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A Missouri judge threw a wrench into Attorney General Eric Schmitt's plans to end school mask mandates all at once. At a hearing Tuesday, Judge Brouck Jacobs denied Schmitt's attempt to apply reverse-class-action status for his lawsuit against Columbia Public Schools.

About a month ago, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued Columbia Public Schools over the district’s mask mandate, calling it unreasonable and arbitrary. In the same lawsuit, Schmitt sought to block mask mandates in schools across the state.

On Tuesday, a court in Columbia, Missouri, held a hearing in the case. Judge Brouck Jacobs denied Schmitt's motion to apply reverse-class-action status, meaning the attorney general will have to sue each school district individually. Dan Margolies covered that story for KCUR and lends us his legal expertise.

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