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Miami-Dade superintendent says Florida mask mandate ban violates rights of kids with disabilities

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Miami-Dade superintendent says Florida mask mandate ban violates rights of kids with disabilities – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, says the ban on mask mandates in Florida “certainly” violates the rights......

Mich. parents deeply divided over school mask requirements, poll shows

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Lansing — Michigan parents are closely divided on whether schools should require their children to wear masks to combat COVID-19, and the vast majority of them have strong feelings on the subject, according to a new poll. About 49% of......

Mask wearing divides Michigan Senate despite recommendations

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here With COVID-19 infection rates increasing and a statewide debate raging over whether to require masks in schools, the Michigan Senate has become another showcase for the partisan divide over face coverings. On Tuesday and Wednesday, as the Senate convened......

Judge blocks Tenn. governor’s order allowing students to opt out of mask mandates

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Lexi Lonas A federal judge on Friday blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s (R) executive order allowing students to opt out of school mask mandates. U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman ruled in favor of two students and issued a......

As COVID surges, more Florida school districts revolt against governor’s mask ban

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TAVARES, Fla., Sept 3 (Reuters) – In a scene replayed across the United States, angry parents and activists streamed into a meeting of the Florida’s Lake County school board on Thursday where it considered whether to mandate mask-wearing for students and staff due to COVID. Some opponents of the mask......

Washtenaw, Ingham counties issue mask orders for schools

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Two Michigan counties issued mandatory mask orders on Thursday for K-12 schools along with separate orders requiring isolation or quarantine that allow for enforcement. The Washtenaw County Health Department and the Ingham County Health Department each issued an order requiring face masks indoors.......

Brnovich warns Biden Secretary of Education about meddling in Arizona school mask ban

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Elizabeth Troutman, The Center Square contributor Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s Office says it will not tolerate a federal government investigation into Arizona’s school mask policies. That’s according to a letter from Brnovich to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel......

Florida withholds school officials’ pay over mask mandates

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Florida is escalating the battle over masks in schools by taking aim at administrators, with the state’s Department of Education on Monday saying it is withholding pay for school board members in two districts that are requiring facial coverings.......

Pennsylvania governor issues mask mandate for schools, child care facilities

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Students wear masks as they walk through the halls of York Suburban High School in York, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Rachel Wisniewski Aug 31 (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday issued a mask mandate for all K-12 school and child care facilities to protect against the spread......

America’s Longest War Ends, Hurricane Ida Damage, Federal Probe Into Mask Policies : Up First

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NPR After 20 years, America’s longest war is over. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says it’s the beginning of a new diplomatic chapter in Afghanistan. But what will that diplomacy involve? It may take days to fully assess Hurricane Ida’s impact along the Gulf Coast. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards......

Duke University mandates Covid vaccines for staff and reinstitutes mask rules following outbreak

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A general view of the Duke University Chapel on the Duke University campus on March 4, 2016. Lance King | Getty Images Duke University on Monday enacted a vaccine mandate for staff and a mask requirement for the entire campus......

Biden administration opens civil rights investigation into states barring school mask mandates

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has opened an investigation into states barring school mask mandates to determine whether those rules discriminate against students with disabilities who are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. ......

The U.S. education department is investigating five states over their mask mandate bans.

New York Times
The Education Department has launched investigations into five states whose prohibitions on universal mask mandates in schools may run afoul of civil rights laws protecting students with disabilities, federal officials announced Monday. The department’s civil rights head wrote to state education leaders in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah,,......

Republican governors target local school systems over mask mandates

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Local officials, noting the spikes in Covid-19 case rates in their areas, say they’re less interested in the political debate than in protecting students. As the dog days of summer transition into a new school year, these school systems......

Judge rules Florida school districts may impose mask mandates

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Judge rules Florida school districts may impose mask mandates – CBS News Watch CBSN Live A Florida judge ruled school districts can require students and teachers to wear masks, striking down a ban on mask mandates imposed by the......

Judge blocks Florida governor’s mask mandate ban

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At least 10 Florida school districts defied Mr DeSantis’ order by mandating that staff and students wear masks. These included its largest school district, Miami-Dade County, and Leon County, which includes the state capital of Tallahassee. In court on Friday, Mr Cooper said that while Mr DeSantis had argued that......

CDC director says schools with large Covid outbreaks generally aren’t following federal mask and vaccine guidance

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Children participate in an activity in class at the Xavier Academy on August 23, 2021 in Houston, Texas. In-person classroom sessions are resuming and schools around Houston are requiring mask mandates, keeping in accordance with CDC guidelines. Brandon Bell |......

School board meetings heat up across country over mask mandates

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here School board meetings heat up across country over mask mandates – CBS News Watch CBSN Live A recent CBS News poll found that just around 6 percent of parents are against mask mandates, but those who are against them......

Critics of mask mandate say Pritzker acting like a ‘king’ with ‘mafia’ tactics

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Greg Bishop, The Center Square Illinois Governor JB Pritzker listens as Illinois State Sen. Dorris Turner, D-Springfield, introduces him as he prepares to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds......

Illinois governor to announce mask mandate, order vaccines for schools – reports

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Aug 26 (Reuters) – Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is expected to announce a new COVID-19 policy for the state on Thursday, requiring eligible students and school staffers to be vaccinated and to wear masks in schools and colleges, the Chicago Tribune and other media reported. Pritzker, a Democrat, is also......

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