On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee advanced a series of bills that would bar local school districts from requiring masks and other measures to keep students and educators safe.
SBs 600-603 now go to the full Senate for their consideration – the bills prohibit a variety of health and safety mandates from the state, local health departments and individual school districts, including mandates about masks, testing and vaccination.
MEA opposes these bills, which attack local control. Individual districts should be able to work with employees (through collective bargaining) and their communities to prioritize keeping everyone healthy and safe during this pandemic. We believe state and federal masking recommendations for schools are in the best interest of everyone’s safety and are actively encouraging everyone eligible to take advantage of the safe, effective and free COVID-19 vaccine (which nearly 90% of MEA members have already done).
Contact your State Senator and urge them to vote no on SB 600-603 and to stand up for local control for our schools.