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Lawsuit targets delayed return of in-person classes (NM - RadDem governor prohibits in-person classes in Pub areas of state)
The Albuquerque Journal ^ | September 17, 2020 | Dan McKay

Posted on 09/17/2020 4:12:00 PM PDT by CedarDave

SANTA FE — Republican state Rep. David Gallegos and others filed a federal lawsuit this week challenging New Mexico’s refusal to authorize the reopening of schools in every county in the state, arguing it violates the constitutional right of students to an equal education.

The lawsuit comes as Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration delays the return of in-person classes for students in some districts because their home counties exceed statistical thresholds on the spread and prevalence of COVID-19.

Many of the affected districts are in the southeast quadrant of the state — a region with three times as many new virus cases per person as New Mexico overall, according to a recent report issued by the state Department of Health.

The new lawsuit, filed on Wednesday by Albuquerque attorney Blair Dunn, accuses Lujan Grisham and two of her Cabinet secretaries of illegally denying a free, appropriate education to children in southeastern and southern New Mexico.

The lawsuit was filed as a class action on behalf of educators and families with school-age children in 10 counties. It argues that the delay of in-person instruction will “deprive them of critical if not life-saving socialization, increase the exposure of those children to physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and will cause extreme damage to children with special needs.”

The plaintiffs accuse the state of violating the New Mexico and U.S. constitutions.

Most of the state’s 33 counties meet the numerical targets on disease prevalence and positivity rates. But many of the counties that exceed both thresholds are in southeastern New Mexico, a Republican stronghold where protesters, often without masks, have opposed the state’s public health orders.

The state on Thursday listed just seven counties that failed to meet both standards — Lea, Eddy, Chaves, Roosevelt, Quay, Luna and Catron counties.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: covid19; education; lujangrisham; newmexico; reopen; schools
We're being punished because we're out working and not snowflakes sitting at home scared of going outdoors. Yeah, if you actually work around other folks, you can catch something, mask or no mask.
1 posted on 09/17/2020 4:12:00 PM PDT by CedarDave
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2 posted on 09/17/2020 4:13:39 PM PDT by CedarDave (Donate to Kyle Rittenhouse's defense:
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To: CedarDave

This is all predicated on the false assumption that a “positive test” result for the Wuhan Flu means that it is a real occurrence of an active infection of the virus.

This has been proven repeatedly to be patently false.

All that matters is the numbers of deaths proven to be solely due to the Wuhan Flu, and this number is low. Way too low to please our “superiors” in guvmint.

We are being played. Massively.

3 posted on 09/17/2020 4:57:25 PM PDT by LaRueLaDue ("Nah... It'll be fine." -- The Critical Drinker)
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To: CedarDave

Start some underground schools. Call them Free At Last schools.

Or Harriet Tubman schools.

4 posted on 09/17/2020 4:58:40 PM PDT by TigersEye (In all things ... trigger discipline.)
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