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Michigan Board of Education members clash over mask mandates

LANSING, Mich.  — Some members of the Michigan Board of Education clashed Tuesday night over mask mandates.  The board does not have the authority to order a mask mandate.  However, Republican members of the board had hoped to pass a resolution that would prevent such a mandate.  Several parents called into the meeting to express their feelings either for or against face coverings as student return to class this fall.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all students and staff wear masks.  State health officials also recommend that face coverings be worn.

The board voted 8-to-2 to give local school boards the authority to decide if masks should be worn this fall.