With a brand new US faculty 12 months starting, President Joe Biden on Wednesday warned governors who oppose scholar masks necessities that they may face authorized motion for intimidating educators in search of to guard youngsters towards Covid-19.
Within the newest political flashpoint over the coronavirus pandemic, Republican governors in Florida and Texas, two of the nation’s largest states, have rejected suggestions by well being authorities to require that college students put on masks once they return to the classroom.
Florida’s Board of Schooling raised eyebrows when it voted this week to slap punishments on two faculty districts that instituted masks mandates in defiance of Governor Ron DeSantis.
Biden didn’t point out DeSantis by identify, however his feedback in a White Home handle appeared squarely aimed on the governor, who’s believed to harbor presidential ambitions.
“Sadly… some politicians try to show public security measures — that’s, youngsters carrying masks at school — into political disputes for their very own political acquire,” Biden mentioned. “They’re setting a harmful tone.”
As a response, the president mentioned he instructed Secretary of Schooling Miguel Cardona to make use of “authorized motion, if applicable, towards governors who’re making an attempt to dam and intimidate native faculty officers and educators.”
“In the event you aren’t going to combat Covid-19, at the very least get out of the way in which of everybody else who’s making an attempt.”
Biden additionally slammed protesters who’ve interrupted faculty board conferences, singling out indignant dad and mom in Tennessee who he mentioned threatened medical doctors and nurses making the case for masking youngsters in colleges.
“The intimidation and threats we’re seeing throughout the nation are mistaken. They’re unacceptable,” Biden mentioned.
The USA is going through a resurgence of Covid-19 infections, because the Delta variant spreads.
Together with fierce opposition to masks mandates in sure quarters, the nation’s mass vaccination program additionally faces some resistance, notably in politically conservative areas within the South and Midwest.
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