Monday, November 23, 2020

Racine order forcing all schools to go virtual to combat COVID-19 spread is being challenged in court

From JSOnline:

Ricardo Torres
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The City of Racine Health Department issued an order Saturday that would force all schools, public and private, in the city to pivot to virtual classrooms from Nov. 27 to Jan. 15 to combat the coronavirus spread in the city.

Now that order is being challenged in court.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty is asking the state Supreme Court to put a hold on the order. 

The organization filed a petition with the court Thursday, saying the order from the Racine Health Department is similar to the case regarding Public Health Madison and Dane. 

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court took our legal challenges and issued an injunction when Dane County illegally attempted to close all schools," Rick Esenberg, WILL president and general counsel, said in a statement. "Because the issues presented in Racine are so similar, it is our hope the court will take the original action and issue a similar injunction in Racine while the Dane County case is under consideration.” 

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