The White House says Florida school officials could be reimbursed to the federal government if they were punished for mask mandate bans


The Biden administration sent a letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suggesting that school officials would be punished for the state’s ban. Maskman date It may be refunded with federal funds.

“The Florida threat of withholding (or imposing other fines) salaries from supervisors and school board members working to protect students and educators (or imposing other fines) , Florida school districts can be addressed with ESSER funds in their sole and full discretion. ” ..

Written by Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, letter It has caused problems with DeSantis’ recent executive order banning public school districts from imposing mask obligations on students, faculty, and staff.

“Florida’s recent actions to prevent school districts from voluntarily adopting science-based strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, are students and staff. At risk. ” ..

The document states that the Ministry of Education will solidarity and support a few districts in Florida that resist the governor’s instructions. Specifically, Cardona considers withdrawing funds from the Elementary and Junior High School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) provided under the American Rescue Plan Act 2021 (ARP Act) and demands a face cover at school. Governor’s order by.

Acceptable uses of the ESSER Fund include “activities necessary to maintain the operation and continuity of services at the local institution and to continue to hire existing staff at the local institution.”

The letter is from a school district where Florida “protects students and educators and works to safely reopen schools, rather than getting the federal pandemic recovery fund they are entitled to. It threatens to withhold state funding. “

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at a press conference earlier this week Blame DeSantis’ order proposed that the federal government could sue for refunds to school districts whose funds were revoked in order not to allow parents to opt out of policies that require masking in the classroom. ..

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