Biden Admin to Repay Schools Defying DeSantis With Mask Mandates

The administration of President Joe Biden said on Friday that it will step in to repay the Florida schools which are openly defying Gov. Ron Desantis by requiring students to wear masks. In a letter (pdf) to DeSantis (R), Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said that the Biden administration will ensure that any school district which has its state funding reduced as punishment by the governor can draw on $7 billion in U.S. taxpayer money from the pandemic relief measure passed by Congress earlier this year. “I am deeply concerned about Florida’s July 30 Executive Order prohibiting school districts from adopting universal masking policies consistent with CDC guidance,” Cardona wrote. “The Department stands with these dedicated educators who are working to safely reopen schools and maintain safe in-person instruction.” In an executive order issued on July 30, DeSantis prohibited Florida school districts from imposing blanket mask mandates on students. The state’s …

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