COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A growing number of school districts in South Carolina are defying a provision from state lawmakers banning mandatory face coverings for students. But not all.
Many districts are afraid the General Assembly will withhold state budget money if they do so. Lawmakers passed the ban mostly along party lines in June, when the state was seeing 20 times fewer new COVID-19 cases.
Many districts and some lawmakers with second thoughts hope a state Supreme Court challenge to the mask rule will make things clearer. But there is no indication when the justices might rule.