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API President’s Statement Opposing Governor’s “Masks in Class” Mandate

Birmingham, Ala. – Today (July 29, 2020), Alabama Policy Institute President Caleb Crosby released the following statement in response to Governor Kay Ivey’s amended “Safer at Home Order” that purports to require masks in Alabama classrooms.

“Governor Ivey’s ‘masks in class’ order goes too far, is unenforceable, and burdensome to the students and teachers of our state. The mandate also fails to take into account our many special needs classrooms and their unique challenges.

“As we have seen time and again with the COVID-19 pandemic, one size fits all solutions don’t work. Whether masks should be worn in schools is a question for local leaders, while parents most certainly should have a voice in the decision-making process.”

Founded in 1989, API is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to strengthening free enterprise, defending limited government, and championing strong families.

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