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Coronavirus in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott and local officials are fighting several legal battles over mask mandates. Here’s what you need to know.

The Texas fight over mask mandates is confusing. We’re here to help.

Gov. Greg Abbott holds a press conference in Dallas on unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border on March 17, 2021.

Which local governments are suing the state?

Which school districts are being sued by the state?

Which side is winning in court?

What do federal and state education officials say?

How do I know what the rules are in my school district?

Not all districts being sued have mask mandates

What are the main arguments both sides are making?

A separate lawsuit argues Abbott’s ban violates federal protections for students with disabilities

Why is Abbott opposed to local mask mandates?

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