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UPDATE: CPS “thrilled with the outcome” of Boone County court rulings in mask mandate case

Columbia Public Schools (CPS) officials are praising Tuesday afternoon’s rulings from a Boone County judge in the CPS mask mandate lawsuit case.

Judge Brouck Jacobs heard three hours of arguments before denying two key motions from Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt: a motion for a preliminary injunction against CPS and a motion for class certification in his lawsuit against CPS and 50 other districts.

Schmitt had one victory in court: The judge rejected CPS’ motion to dismiss Schmitt’s lawsuit.

The bottom line is that Schmitt’s lawsuit will proceed, but CPS’ mask mandate remains in effect.

CPS’ Michelle Baumstark describes today as a “good day for Missouri,” adding that CPS is thrilled with the outcome of today’s court proceedings. She says CPS and the 50 other districts made decisions based on guidance and recommendations from local, state and national health experts, including state health and education officials and the CDC.

Missouri Solicitor General D. John Sauer argued the case in court, on behalf of the attorney general. Attorney Grant Wiens and several other attorneys represented CPS.

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