On Wednesday, President Joe Biden vowed to stand with schools and educators working to protect kids, adding that existing federal pandemic funds could “100%” be used to compensate them.
“If a governor wants to cut the pay of a hardworking education leader who requires masks in the classroom, the money from the American Rescue Plan can be used to pay that person’s salary — 100%,” Biden said during a press conference at the White House.
Biden has also instructed the Department of Education to take punitive action against governors who ban in-school mask mandates.
Leaders in both Broward and Alachua have remained steadfast in their commitment to following the science on masking and doing as much as possible to protect students while still providing in-school instruction.
This week, three other school districts joined Broward and Alachua in mandating in-school masking: Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Hillsborough public schools.
Punishing school districts and local governments that mandate masks polls at a dismal 22%, with 77% of Americans opposing such action. But DeSantis is clearly desperate to tie up the GOP fringe vote—Florida students and their parents will simply have to pay the price for his political star to rise.