A school district in Florida has received money from President Joe Biden’s government to reimburse the state for wage cuts after a city council voted to put a coronavirus mask on students.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A Florida school district received money from President Joe Biden’s government to reimburse the state’s labor costs after the council voted to put a coronavirus mask in place for students. Carlee Simon, principal of Alachua County School, said in a press release Thursday that the district received $ 148,000 through a program run by the U.S. Department of Education. Simon says Alachua, which is home to Gainesville and the University of Florida, is the first state in the country to receive such a scholarship.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and state education officials have begun cutting salaries for the Florida Schools Board who voted to require student masks. DeSantis argues that parents can choose to have their children wear face masks and find themselves in a lawsuit over this larger issue. In Alachua province, the pay cuts for four school council members who voted for the mask’s tenure were $ 27,000, Simon said.
“With these grants, we are ensuring that schools and communities across the country are committed to a safe return to personal learning as we know we have your back,” Education Minister Miguel Cardona said in a statement. About a dozen Florida councils, representing more than half of the state’s students, voted against the state’s ban on mask mandates despite DeSantis’ decision to withhold some of its money.