Seven school boards sue to stop Gov. Youngkin’s mask-optional order on the day it takes effect (The Washington Post)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, said the twin lawsuits place significant pressure on the Virginia court system to step in soon and resolve the debate. “In situations like this, where there is no middle ground and where neither side has any interest in backing down, only judges can be the necessary umpires,” Farnsworth said. “The sooner they do so, the better for all concerned.”