Route Fifty: State Efforts to Ban Mask Mandates in Schools Mirror Resistance to Integration

Route Fifty: State Efforts to Ban Mask Mandates in Schools Mirror Resistance to Integration. “I don’t bring up this Southern resistance to federal mandates that affect U.S. schools merely to recount history. As a researcher who focuses on the role of federalism in U.S. education, I believe this resistance helps shine light on why several Southern states today are pushing back against federal guidance for teachers and students to wear masks in schools to lessen the risks of contracting the more dangerous delta variant of COVID-19.”

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