Decentralization Is Key: Appeals Court Makes BIG Ruling On School District Mandate

By Ryan Canady | Saturday, 26 November 2022 12:00
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California has more than 1,000 individual school districts.

Some of these districts wanted to impose COVID restrictions on their students and staff that others would not. However, a judge just ruled that individual California school districts cannot decide to impose restrictions on their students and staff. The decisions have to be made across the board or not at all.

The Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District ruled and set a precedent for whatever California decides to do regarding these decisions moving forward. They must take an "all or nothing" approach. That is to say that they need to either do COVID restrictions across the board in every school that is under their guidance, or they don't get to do it to any of them.

The court ruled that allowing every school to make its own decision left students at an unfair disadvantage because they didn't get the chance to choose how their specific district would react to COVID restrictions.

The only legal way to do mandates is statewide via the Democrat legislature and the Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom. It doesn't seem like they have the political will to move forward with this kind of legislation. They are concerned with other things now, and it seems they even understand that such restrictions are not popular with the people.


The school districts don't get to pick and choose if they will have restrictions or not, but the representatives of the people can do so. The fact that these representatives don't seem that eager to do so should tell you something about how unpopular these restrictions are.

Few people throughout the entire population are keeping up with the latest vaccine boosters. Thus, it seems ridiculous that school districts could try to decide that they were going to require students to wear masks and take other precautions.