Arizona School Board Walks Out on Parents Who Want Masks Optional

Just when I was about to give up on Arizona, Garret Lewis of Drive in with The Morning Ritual, a weekday show on KNST AM 790 in Vail, Arizona, reports that hundreds of parents showed up to the Vail School Board meeting to demand the board make masks optional.

“The board didn’t want to hear it so they walked out of the meeting before it even began.”

“So the parents, under Robert’s Rules of Order, voted in a new school board.”

“Then, the new members voted to end the mask requirement in Vail Schools.”

My confidence in Arizona remains iffy:

“It’s a publicity stunt,” Vail Superintendent John Carruth said the following day. “A new board needs to be voted through a due elected process of the voters of this community. That did not happen last night.”

Portell said the rules do not give the group the right to take over.

“Roberts Rules of Order have been around for decades and really provide a way of conducting open meetings, public meetings, in an orderly fashion,” attorney Steve Portell said. “They don’t have the legal impact of supplanting Arizona law and removing elected officials from office.”

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