Biden administration to use Federal Civil Rights Office to dissuade states from banning school masks – .

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Biden administration to use Federal Civil Rights Office to dissuade states from banning school masks – .


Under the Civil Rights Act 1964, the department can initiate its own investigations in districts if state policies and actions result in potential violations of the civil rights of students. Some parents and advocates complain that the mask ban is, in effect, a violation of civil rights because it denies a student the right to an education by endangering him at school.

Dr Cardona said conversations with parents of children with autism, respiratory disease or weakened immune systems, “who rely on school for socialization and the important building blocks of learning,” have contributed to his sense of urgency.

“I heard these parents say ‘Miguel, because of these policies my child cannot access their school, I would put them in danger,” said Dr Cardona. “And for me, that goes against proper and free public education. This goes against the core beliefs of educators across the country to protect their students and provide a well-rounded education.

The administration will also send letters to six states – Arizona, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah – berating governors’ efforts to ban universal masking in schools.

Last week, Dr Cardona sent similar letters to the governors of Texas and Florida, reminding them that districts have both the funding and the discretion to implement the safety measures recommended by the CDC for schools. . The secretary also clarified that he supported the district leaders who defied the orders of the governors.

In his letter to Texas, Cardona warned that the state was jeopardizing its federal relief funding. State Attorney General Ken Paxton doubled down on his response, suggesting on Twitter that it would bring the state ban on school mask warrants before the Supreme Court.



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