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The U.S. Division of Schooling introduced Thursday that it will ship roughly $148,000 to at least one Florida college district, Alachua County Public Faculties, reimbursing it for cash that has been withheld by the state.
The award is the primary below the division’s new Mission to Help America’s Households and Educators (Mission SAFE) grant program and the most recent salvo in an escalating combat over masking in colleges between Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, and President Biden’s secretary of schooling, Miguel Cardona.
On the finish of July, DeSantis signed an government order banning college districts from requiring that college students put on masks. Nonetheless, a number of college boards voted to require masking in defiance of the ban. In response, the state moved to penalize two of these districts, in Alachua and Broward counties, by withholding state funding equal to the month-to-month salaries of the college board members who voted to defy the masks mandate ban.
Up to now, the state has withheld two months of board member salaries.
Alachua County Public Faculties Superintendent Carlee Simon realized this morning, in a cellphone name with Cardona, that Alachua could be the primary district to obtain a Mission SAFE grant. In an announcement Simon expressed gratitude for the funding “however I am much more grateful for [the Biden administration’s] continued assist and encouragement of our efforts to guard college students and employees and to maintain our colleges open for in-person studying.”
“With these grants, we’re ensuring colleges and communities throughout the nation which can be dedicated to soundly returning to in-person studying know that we now have their backs,” Cardona mentioned in an announcement.