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Help from U.S. Dept of Education…Our Schools are Standing Strong for our Children…

The political divide affecting our school’s health and safety during these most challenging of times is requiring the U.S. Dept of Education get more involved…

Our local school district here in Alachua County, Florida has always put the safety needs of our children first and continues to stand firm…

U.S. Dept of Education threatens state education leaders over school masking
By Jake Stofan
Published: Oct. 26…

The U.S. Department of Education is warning the Florida’s Department of Education it could face sanctions if it continues to penalize school districts that implement mask mandates…

The letter is the latest escalation in a continued back and fourth between local governments, the state and feds over masking in schools.

The letter from the U.S. Department of Education comes in response to the state vowing to withhold additional money from school boards if they backfill their salaries with federal dollars...

Alachua Superintendent Dr. Carlee Simon told us her district never took the federal aid.

But we are watching, and in the event that we need to draw down funding from the federal government, when we do, we will let the commissioner know,” said Simon.

The letter threatens enforcement action, but the state isn’t backing down.

In a statement, the Florida Department of Education called the letter ‘legally hollow’ and said it would continue forward, ‘lawfully, as we have this entire time’.

“Governor DeSantis is in the catbird seat,” said State Representative Randy Fine.

Fine, who chairs the House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, said while it’s not clear exactly what the feds are threatening, he sees no reason for the state to worry…

“It ends when California and New York taxpayers pay for education in Florida, which I think would be an outstanding outcome and I hope President Biden does it,” said Fine.

The school masking debate is expected to enter the halls of the Capitol in an upcoming special session, and it’s a Republican State Senator from Alachua County who is leading the charge.

Senator Keith Perry’s bill would make any school mask mandate null and void…

Dr. Simon called the proposal shortsighted.Right now we’re talking about COVID… What about other future viruses that might come about?” said Simon.

And Rep. Fine told us beyond the legislation, school districts that fought the state over masking should expect additional punishment saying he doesn’t think they will have a good budget year…

Rep Fine also said he believes local officials that implement mask mandates should face criminal charges, but the legislation currently on the table does not include any specific penalties…

We must be vigilant and strong for our children’s health and safety… Especially when there is such divisiveness between local and state governmental controls… Speak out!!!

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School Board Meetings in Chaos…Is this Really about Our Children?

In the past, historically, school board members are elected by a community to make important decisions about our schools…They have a local authority… Their meetings are open to the public…to discuss issues that may be concerning…

However since the influence of our political divisiveness…These meetings are being attended by an outside influence of political activists who utilize threats of violence…

WH aided school board group’s ‘domestic terrorism’ letter before Garland sicced FBI on parents
By Samuel Chamberlain

October 21, 2021…

In a letter to the president last month, the head of the nation’s largest school board association reached out to the Biden administration before suggesting that parents who object to mask mandates and the imposition of critical race theory in classrooms are engaging in “a form of domestic terrorism,” the emails show…

Garland announced on Oct. 4 that the FBI would take the lead on probing what he called “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”

Arguments over education and cultural issues are nothing new, said Daniel Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, recalling debates on how math is taught and the Common Core… But this year is different.

“There have always been disagreements that were discussed, if not necessarily amicably, at least respectfully,” Domenech said. “The climate is very different now, what we’re seeing around the country. School board meetings that actually turned violent, where the police have to be called, people that are disrespectful, they’re shouting and shoving.”

“It’s something that we have not seen on a scale that we are seeing it now,” he said.

And board meetings “have turned into ground zero of the nation’s political and cultural debates,” Education Week noted…https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/06/23/virginia-school-board-critical-race-theory-mh-orig.cnn

Once again, all this political divisiveness will affect our children…They are dealing with so much and it is up to all of us to do better for them

Our precious children