Through the Education Department, President Biden has placed a bulls-eye on the backs of five Republican governors over their having ordered universal mask bans in their states.
“The Education Department announced Monday that it’s investigating five Republican-led states with universal mask bans, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions,” according to AP News. [emphasis added]
“The department’s Office for Civil Rights sent letters to education chiefs in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. Those states have barred schools from requiring masks among students and staff, a move that the department says could prevent some students from safely attending school. [emphasis added]
“‘It’s simply unacceptable that state leaders are putting politics over the health and education of the students they took an oath to serve,’ Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement. ‘The department will fight to protect every student’s right to access in-person learning safely.’ [emphasis added]
“It marks a sharp escalation in the Biden administration’s battle with Republican states that say wearing masks should be a personal choice. President Joe Biden last week asked Cardona to explore possible legal action, prompting the department to examine whether the policies could amount to civil rights violations.” [emphasis added]
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