- States including Florida have tried to prohibit schools from compulsory wearing masks.
- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis threatened to withhold funds from schools that require masks.
- Education Secretary Miguel Cardona (Miguel Cardona) stated that states cannot withhold federal funds from schools.
Education Minister Miguel Cardona said that states that ban schools from wearing masks may be investigated for violations of civil rights.
“We are preparing to initiate an investigation with our Civil Rights Office to ensure that all students have access to this basic education right. Unfortunately we are now talking about this issue,” Cardona said on NBC’s “Meet the Media” program on Sunday.
With the rise of the highly-spread Delta variant, COVID-19 cases have surged in the country, and the rate of childhood infections and hospitalizations is much higher. Tampa bay times According to the report, in Florida, one quarter of all cases in the past week occurred in people under 19 years of age. The positive rate for people under 12 years old is 23%, and the positive rate for people between 12 and 19 years old is 25%.
On July 31st, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a Executive order forbidden School mask regulations. Earlier this month, DeSantis also threatened to In areas where masks are mandatory, the salaries of school board members are withheld.
Cardona said the school cannot refuse to accept federal funding. “We must do everything we can to ensure their safety,” Cardona said of the Alachua and Broward County school districts in Florida.
State Board of Education Threatened to withhold funds from the districts If they do not comply with the governor’s executive order.
“I talked to the leaders of these two communities and I let them know that we support them. Yes, they can use the funds promised to them so they can safely reopen the school,” Cardona said.