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Wisconsin Supreme Court declares Racine school closure order invalid

Story By Maya Reese
Local News Published 07/02/2021 2:06PM
The Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously declared that an order from the City of Racine's public health officer closing all schools, public and private, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is invalid and lacked proper legal authority. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) filed an original action to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on November 19, on behalf of a group of parents, schools, and membership associations. The Court granted WILL's original action and issued a temporary injunction blocking the City of Racine's school closure order before it could go into effect on November 27.

WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, said, "The Court determined, once again, that a local public health officer violated the law when it ordered all schools in her jurisdiction closed. This marks another important case reminding public officials that emergencies do not override the rule of law."
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