September 23, 2021

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Biden Offers Funds To School Districts That Defy Gov. DeSantis’ Mask Mandate Ban

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Biden Offers Funds To School Districts That Defy Gov. DeSantis' Mask Mandate Ban

The Biden administration is pushing back against DeSantis and offered federal financial support to Florida school districts who are defying the governor’s ban on mask mandates. 

In a letter to DeSantis and state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardonay said that that districts that lose state funding for complying with mask mandates would have federal funds available to them.

The Florida DOE has discussed hashing out possible sanctions against school leaders in Alachua and Broward counties who have opted to enact stricter student mask mandates than allowed by the DeSantis administration, Politico reported. 

‘We are eager to partner with the Florida Department of Education on any efforts to further our shared goals of protecting the health and safety of students and educators,’ Cardona wrote. ‘If FLDOE does not wish to pursue such an approach, the Department will continue to work directly with the school districts and educators that serve Florida’s students.’ 

State medical professionals are also objecting to the governor’s order. 

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