The Biden administration’s Department of Education has opened investigations into a handful of states to determine whether they are violating the civil rights of students with disabilities with their school masking policies.
The investigations, headed up by the department’s civil rights office, will look at indoor mask-mandate prohibitions, and whether or not these prohibitions prevent students with a “heightened” risk of severe COVID-19 from attending their schools in person. Five states are under investigation: Oklahoma, Tennessee, Iowa, South Carolina, and Utah.
“It’s simply unacceptable that state leaders are putting politics over the health and education of the students they took an oath to serve,” said Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona in a statement. “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.”
Throughout the country, a number of state governments have taken