US Education Department To Take “Enforcement Action” If Florida Goes Forward With Defunding Broward And Alachua School Districts.

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Department of Education is taking seriously the threat of withholding money from the Broward and Alachua counties’ school districts over their mask policies.

The Florida State Board of Education has ordered a reduction in state education aid to both school districts by the amount each receives as a federal Project SAFE grant award. Project SAFE is a federal grant program intended to help school districts improve student safety and well-being by advancing strategies to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in schools.

In a letter to the state education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Ian Rosenblum, U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs, said that if it goes through with withholding the funds, they would be in violation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
of 1965.

“A State shall not take into consideration payments under this Act … in determining … the amount of State aid, with respect to free public education of children,” he wrote.

Rosenblum wrote that if Florida goes forward with its planned reduction, “the Department is prepared to initiate enforcement action to stop these impermissible state actions.”

He added that he hoped they would reconsider the “threatened actions against these districts in response to the Project SAFE awards, so that they may continue to take steps to help ensure safe and healthy environments for their students, families, and educators.”

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Dorrit Sherman

Defund the democrats, don’t let them destroy our states like New York, California, Chicago and others communists states

Robert Morgan in VI

The Federal Government needs to stay out of schools and healthcare, they seem to be entrenched in both lately.

Chad Davis

so the school threatened the state for threatening the school and asked the state to reconsider their threat because of their threat?? Since when can a school play doctor?? The flu kills more children than covid and never has a school mandated masks for children, so save the "it is to keep kids safe" line. School can not treat children without parental consent. All this at the same time the cop at Parkland is going to walk away without charges even though he hid like a coward!


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