Louisiana education hearing ended by maskless parents

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Louisiana’s top school board ended debate about whether Gov. Bel Edwards’ mask mandate for schools should be challenged after a raucous crowd of angry parents packed the hearing room and refused to put on face coverings.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education warned the hundreds of people assembled Wednesday that they must wear masks to comply with Edwards’ order, which covers state buildings. But the audience continued to resist, shouting “no more masks.”

In response, the board voted 8-2 to adjourn the hearing. The crowd erupted into shouting about recall efforts for board members.

The executive order by Edwards, a Democrat, has resulted in debate in some school districts.

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