A school in Florida received funds worth $ 1,48,000 from the United States Department of Education Program.
The Alachua County school is the first school to receive such a grant. The Biden administration is distributing funds to those schools that voted in favor of the mask mandate.
Florida School Gets Funds From The U.S. Education Department
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, in July, imposed this ban throughout Florida.
He announced, in July, that the state will reimpose a financial penalty on the schools following the mask mandate. At least 12 schools have received the penalties so far.
The school board members who supported mask mandates for students are having pay cuts imposed by the governor.
The U.S. The Department of Education announced a program that aims to provide funding to schools implementing mask mandates on campus for their students.
To compensate for these penalties, the Biden administration is sending funds to schools that ensure the safe return of students to school. Local schools and staff are also permitted to apply for funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education, said the schools must get rewards for implementing the proven policies and not be punished.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that the new “Parent Bill of Rights law” gives parents the freedom to choose if they want to mask their children or not. He banned mask mandates in schools back in July.
DeSantis says that the parents must decide whether their children wear a mask in schools or not. He opposes the implementation of mask mandates by schools and universities.
The federal agency is also investigating the ban on mask mandates in several states. The ban over mask mandates violates federal civil rights laws for protecting disabled students. And the agency is now investigating the matter as the debate rises high.
In the United States, as many as five states have mask mandate bans in place for school students and staff.
Reports suggest that the pay reduction imposed in Alachua County due to the mask mandates in school amounts to as much as %27,000.
Education secretary Miguel Cardon says that through the grants, we want to motivate schools and communities to impose restrictions for the safety of the students.
About a dozen schools in Florida are implementing mask mandates for school students and staff. Despite Governor DeSantis’s ban and warning of pay cuts.
The beginning of the new semester in schools may worsen the current Covid-19 situation in the United States.
Most of the universities in the United States are now open for in-person learning. Children back in the classroom may increase the rate of infection. With the Delta variant in place, the spread is much more irresistible now than ever.
Children under 12 are not eligible for vaccination, making them the most vulnerable group.
Students who oppose vaccination are also allowed to attend in-person classrooms.
Experts say that vaccines are the safest protection against the virus. The mandates are facing opposition.
Young children under twelve are still not eligible to take vaccine shots. It makes them more vulnerable. The Delta variant, so far the most contagious variant, is infecting large portions of these unvaccinated children.