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Biden administration opens investigation into Florida’s school masking policies

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TALLAHASSEE — Federal education authorities on Friday opened an investigation into Florida’s attempts to block mask mandates in local schools, marking the latest dust up between the Biden administration and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over Covid-19 policies.

The U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights office is probing Florida over a contentious state rule that requires all schools to grant parents the ability to opt their children out of wearing masks, claiming that it could violate the rights of students with disabilities.

“[The U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights office] is concerned that Florida’s policy requiring public schools and school districts to allow parents to opt their children out of mask mandates may be preventing schools in Florida from meeting their legal obligations not to discriminate based on disability and from providing an equal educational........

© Politico

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