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Education Department Investigating Five States Banning School Mask Mandates

Education Department Investigating Five States Banning School Mask Mandates

Someone at the Education Department should actually read the laws because guess what. You can wear a mask if you want to wear a mask.

Do people in President Joe Biden’s Department of Education know how to read?

The department opened civil rights investigations into five states because they banned school mask mandates because it discriminates against kids with disabilities or medical issues.

Guess what: Not a single state is banning masks in schools. The laws and executive orders do not prohibit people from wearing masks inside schools.

The Office of Civil Rights will look at Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah:

“The Department has heard from parents from across the country – particularly parents of students with disabilities and with underlying medical conditions – about how state bans on universal indoor masking are putting their children at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a press release.

“It’s simply unacceptable that state leaders are putting politics over the health and education of the students they took an oath to serve. The Department will fight to protect every student’s right to access in-person learning safely and the rights of local educators to put in place policies that allow all students to return to the classroom full-time in-person safely this fall.”

Blah blah blah. You know what they want. They just want schools to mandate masks. They’re trying to find every loophole to make this happen.

So let’s dissect that real reason because you can wear a mask if you want to.

Let’s look at Oklahoma since I live in Oklahoma City. The Education officials did not listen to Gov. Kevin Stitt or read the law. Read this slowly:

Stitt noted the law doesn’t prevent parents from voluntarily having their children wear masks or get vaccinated.

“The difference is, we’re not going to mandate that somebody else has to send their 4-year-old to school with a mask or someone else has to get their 4-year-old vaccinated,” he said.

In other words, your child can wear a mask if they want to or if the parents want their child to wear a mask.

The Iowa law says school districts cannot implement a law mandating masks. It does not say that a child cannot wear a mask even if they want to wear one.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order that gives power back to the parents. It allows them to opt their child out of any mask mandate passed by school districts.

South Carolina is the same way:

“Mandating masks is not the answer,” McMaster said. “Personal responsibility is the answer, common sense is the answer, and we have an abundance of both in South Carolina.”

McMaster continued to push vaccinations but said closing the state’s economy and schools is not an option. He also made it clear that it’s a parent’s right to decide if children wear masks in schools, saying state law is “crystal clear” that funds will not be used to enforce mask mandates.

“By state law, we are not going to have mask mandates in the public schools,” McMaster said. “We want to get the children back in the school and we don’t want to get a repeat of what happened last year.”

I guess the Utah law also doesn’t flat-out ban masks because some districts “are strongly encouraging at least unvaccinated people to wear masks inside school buildings.” The Salt Lake City district “already plans to encourage masking for vaccinated people as well.”

In other words, people can wear masks if they want to wear masks.

In other words, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah have not banned masks in schools.

No one is banning masks in schools.


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Abolish the federal DoE and a lot of problems go away with it.

    Antifundamentalist in reply to Dathurtz. | August 31, 2021 at 8:39 am

    They had to twist the purpose of the Commerce Clause to create the DoE to begin with. It would be nice if someone actually read the Constitution and got rid of the massive Federal overreach that pretty much started before the ink was ever dry.

Conservative Beaner | August 30, 2021 at 7:10 pm

Hey asshole if you want to stick your nose into something then keep it up Bidens ass.

The virus is primarily transmitted through aerosol and fecal modes. The masks offer no source control, break even when following strict protocol, and increase infections in general use, are justified by unrealized asymptomatic droplet spread. The mandates offer a placebo effect and viable legal indemnity. The fully vaccinated have been observed with symptom suppression, and tested with higher virus titers.

The Department of Education is following in the CDC’s footsteps to indulge transjurisdictional excess with a standard appeal to empathy. Ignoring the science and physics of masks and submicron transmission, and offering deceptive assurances about masks and vaccines (without long-term safety data, excess adverse events, and tenuous efficacy), this has a repeat of planned parent/hood written all over it.

    JHogan in reply to n.n. | August 30, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Where appeal to empathy is, more broadly speaking, an appeal to emotion.

    The basis of almost all Dem arguments and policies is an appeal to emotion. They only try to find some reason based rationalization if forced to do it. Relying on finding the right judges to apply a rubber stamp.

I don’t offhand know of anybody with an education degree doing detective work, in fiction.

My step daughter is a science teacher at a Catholic High School. She showed me pics from petri dishes, that had been swabbed from those blue masks that are so common… What grew in them was gross,,, just gross. The masks are questionable when it comes to the virus,, but they sure do provide a moist habitat for other germs to flourish… Prohibiting a mandate may just save lives… really. Parents have to do what they feel is in their child’s best interest, I wish they could see those petri dishes..

ISTR a comment a few weeks back where the Florida mandate ban was deemed “anti-freedom.”

A ban on mandates being anti-freedom would make perfect sense to Big Brother and his minion O’Brien.

Where ‘investigating’ means the authoritarians are trying to find a way to pseudo-legally mandate masks in school for children. Bypassing governors and, if necessary, state legislatures.

    Dathurtz in reply to JHogan. | August 31, 2021 at 7:12 am

    Repub govs need to come down hard.on dems violating the orders. Just like a Dem would on somebody violating their orders.

The Department of Propaganda and Indoctrination…… I mean the Department of Education needs to be abolished and eliminated. It was a bad idea from the start and hasn’t improved with age. We need less government bureaucrats, and more private sector workers.

This sounds like a good time to recommend to DoE that they re-acquaint themselves with the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and invite them to stay in their own lane.

One of many federal agencies that need abolished

Well, it’s not “fair” if everyone isn’t forced to do something.

Liberty is terrifying to Democrats.

It is absolutely vital that the Republicans, should they win next year (or ever again) the House, DEFUND federal agencies that are operating outside of their original charters, or outside of the confines of the U.S. Constitution. In this case, the DoEd should be defunded down to one GS13 and a secretary. Auction off the assets, sell the buildings, If republicans don’t do this, there’s no point in even “winning” any elections.

“already plans to encourage masking”

Uh huh. Why do I read that as “we’ll throw you out of the school if you don’t mask”? That’s not a mandate, it’s “encouragement”.