Skip to comments.States banning mask mandates could face civil rights probes
Posted on 08/19/2021 1:48:43 AM PDT by Libloather
In an escalating battle with Republican governors, President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered his Education secretary to explore possible legal action against states that have blocked school mask mandates and other public health measures meant to protect students against COVID-19.
In response, the Education Department raised the possibility of using its civil rights arm to fight policies in Florida, Texas, Iowa and other Republican-led states that have barred public schools from requiring masks in the classroom.
Biden directed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to “assess all available tools” that can be used against states that fail to protect students amid surging coronavirus cases.
“Some state governments have adopted policies and laws that interfere with the ability of schools and districts to keep our children safe during in-person learning,” Biden said in an executive order, adding that some states “have gone so far as to try to block school officials” from adopting safety measures.
It amounts to the sharpest threat yet against states that so far have ignored admonishments from the White House during the surging pandemic. The move also injects the federal government into mounting culture wars that have turned schools into battlegrounds in a debate over masks.
In an announcement on its website, the Education Department said policies that ban mask mandates could amount to discrimination if they lead to unsafe conditions that prevent students from attending school. The agency can launch its own investigations into potential violations, and it also responds to civil rights complaints from parents and the public.
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...a second pudding cup. Gropin' Joe gets an awful lot done during naps.
Sounds like this should be remembered and when this is all over we move to eliminate the US Department of Education. It has been discussed before.
It should have been done 20 years ago.
More lawfare using the structures of the FedGov. Despicable.
Red States need to stop doing business with companies that have vaccine mandates. This is a war and only one side is fighting.
“I can do what I want. My clothing choices are mine to make.”
“No. You do not have that right. As your government, I will mandate what you wear. I’m going full Taliban and I insist that you cover your face.”
“Okay, that’s a civil rights violation, buddy. You’re in trouble.”
Yep. All about control.....always has been
That guy is awesome. For a 30-something, he is just incredibly wise.
Sounds bass-ackwards, to me.
He get’s it.
Me too…but this is a world where black is white ya know
‘All about control.....always has been...’
yep indeed; governments, schools, churches...
cradle to grave control, and treating adults like five year olds...
Nobody is banning masks, they are banning mask mandates. Whether a child wears a mask in the decision of that child’s parents.
Because TaliBiden says so.
“I have a right not to get sick from other people.”
A simple “F you Joe.” should suffice.
The issue is mandates. Anyone can wear a mask, if they choose to. There cannot be a right to force someone to do something.
Biden is really going after the states. He should be careful about this, because any respect that anybody may have had for him as President is now completely gone and the states are going to start fighting back more aggressively.
Not that he cares.
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