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No, Ariz. Department of Education didn’t give ‘green light’ for mask mandates, critical race theory

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The Arizona Supreme Court upheld a lower-court choice that state legal guidelines banning mask mandates and limiting what colleges can educate college students about race had been unconstitutional. 

The Arizona Informer, a conservative publication, posted a letter concerning the case from the Arizona Department of Education on Instagram, and wrote that the division gave colleges the “inexperienced gentle on face mask and vaccine mandates, in addition to implementing Critical (Race) Theory.”

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The letter posted by the Arizona Informer is actual, however the submit misrepresents the substance and impression of the letter.

The state Supreme Court on Nov. 2, upheld a lower-court ruling from September, wherein a choose stated that Arizona legislators violated the title and single-subject guidelines within the state’s structure (Article IV, Section 13) by including unrelated payments to a sequence of finances payments. 

Among the payments affected by the ruling had been a ban on mask mandates and a ban on instructing critical race theory in colleges.

The state training division despatched the letter merely to cross alongside details about the courtroom rulings, and has no authority to give a inexperienced gentle to these insurance policies, the company wrote in an e-mail to PolitiFact.

The division does encourage mask sporting. Its web site says: “In accordance with the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), face coverings are really useful and inspired for all people in K12 colleges, regardless of vaccination standing.” 

The Associated Press reported that 29 faculty districts in Arizona had issued mask mandates earlier than the legal guidelines had been handed.

Concerning critical race theory, the training division notes in instructor steerage on its web site that the ban is not relevant, nevertheless it encourages lecturers to make use of the “greatest practices for standards-based instruction.” While the requirements are adopted on the state stage by the Arizona State Board of Education, it says, selections on curriculum and instruction are made on the native stage.

Our ruling

An Instagram submit stated the Arizona Department of Education issued a letter giving colleges a “inexperienced gentle” to impose mask mandates and educate critical race theory.

An Arizona Supreme Court ruling voided state legal guidelines that barred faculty districts from imposing mask mandates and instructing critical race theory. 

The Arizona Department of Education letter knowledgeable colleges of the ruling, however the company didn’t give them the “inexperienced gentle” to implement mask mandates and educate critical race theory, and it didn’t have the authority to take action.

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