Biden government awarded $ 147,000 to Florida school board that violated DeSantis mask ban

Biden government awarded $ 147,000 to Florida school board that violated DeSantis mask ban

Students wearing masks at a Miami school.

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The Biden Administration provided $ 147,719 in funding to members of a school district in Florida whose payment was withheld for violating Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on requiring masks in schools.

The Education deparment said funding to Alachua School Board members is part of its Project to Support America’s Families and Educators (SAFE) grant program. It is the first allocation of federal funds under the SAFE Project.

The Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement that the Biden administration supports the Alachua School Board’s decision to require masks in schools during the COVID-19.

“We should thank the districts for using proven strategies that will keep schools open and safe, without punishing them,” Cardona said. “With these grants, we are making sure that schools and communities across the country that are committed to safely returning to in-person learning know that we stand behind them.”

The Florida Department of Education announced on Aug. 31 that it withheld funding from two school districts that violated DeSantis’ executive order: Alachua and Broward counties.

Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order amid the pandemic of COVID-19 in the state to ban schools and other government entities from issuing mask mandates, arguing that it is up to parents to choose the best way to protect their children.

DeSantis, opposed to the strategy against COVID-19 Federal authorities, has forbidden by law to force the use of masks in schools and also ask for vaccination certificates in businesses and institutions.

When school districts went against his order, he threatened first to withhold payment from those who continued to go against his government. And then he executed the withholdings from two school districts.

Several Florida school districts argued that masks are necessary as many students are too young to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The lack of a mask mandate puts not only students at risk, but also school personnel and the families of those who could bring the COVID-19 infection home.