(ConservativeStar.com) – In a speech on August 18, Biden accused some Republican state leaders of putting politics over the safety of children in their states. He also said he would direct Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to take any appropriate legal action against them for defying CDC recommendations.
As the COVID-19 Delta variant rips across the nation, kids are returning to in-person learning. As a result, the CDC issued suggestions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 for teachers and students across the board. That includes a layered approach involving encouraging vaccinations, social distancing, screenings, ventilation systems, hand washing, and masking for everyone in the classroom.
Governors across nine states believe federal mandates have no place in their schools. They signed executive orders to prevent school districts from mandating masks. These governors believe parents should have the final say about how to keep their children safe.
The President’s Stance
Instead of trusting American parents to make the best decisions for their children’s health and safety, the president thinks it’s the federal government’s job. Rather than encouraging parents to decide what’s best for their family, the Biden administration prefers they follow CDC recommendations.
Biden believes the best defense against the continued spread of COVID-19 is through vaccination and masking for all. He sees masks as essential sickness protection, especially for children under 12 who aren’t old enough for the vaccination — and Cardona agrees.
The education secretary even goes so far as to say the states in question are creating an unsafe learning environment and violating students’ right to education.
Governors for the People
Governors Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Greg Abbott (R-TX), Doug Ducey (R-AZ), and six others are fighting back because they believe citizens have the right to choose whether or not to wear a face covering. More importantly, they want parents to retain the power over their children’s masking choices.
The Constitution separates state and federal powers, giving governors jurisdiction over their own states. As a result, these governors are using their power to prevent school systems from mandating masks. Rather than allowing governmental entities to mandate masks and other measures, they are transferring decision-making power back to the citizens.
Some governors have clashed with state districts that side with the feds and go forward with mask mandates. DeSantis, for example, has already sanctioned the Broward and Alachua county school districts for violating state policies in favor of the federal government’s directives. The Florida governor has warned other school districts that if they go ahead with mask mandates, state funding will be slashed.
President Biden hit back, saying he won’t allow governors to “intimidate local school officials and educators.” Biden promised to replace any monies withheld from districts with federal funds. If that isn’t big government reaching in where it doesn’t belong, then what is?
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