Education Sec Reassures Biden Admin’s Support For Schools Defying Mask Bans | Talking Points Memo

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Sunday reiterated the Biden administration’s support for schools that are implementing mask mandates despite bans against the measure by Republican governors.

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What a concept: government for the people.


The Biden Administration and local school boards are unquestionably doing the right thing in protecting young children under their charge. But it makes me uneasy that the orders of duly elected Governors in a democracy must be ignored or challenged. Of course, the fault here lies entirely with those Governors who have prioritized their political ambitions over their constituents.

We don’t have to imagine what Betsy DeVos would have done if Trump was still President.


When all is said and done it will be noted that the schools were the center of the Pandemic. Schools closed before the initial shut downs in March of 2020 and that was the inflection point of the economic downturn as parents left the workforce. Abbott and DeSantis should be pro masking because it is their one hope to keep the schools open and thus keep their economys healthy.
But they’re making a poor decision because…freedumbs.


Right on. And let me add the effects of the pandemic are going to be messing with our economy for a while longer.


At some point, people are going to have to recognize that Republicans don’t give a shit about them- whether it’s public health, education, jobs or anything else. They spout local control when Dems are in office, and change when they are in control- that’s what it really is, wanting control.

People need to remember the lengths Republican Governors were willing to go to make sure that schools didn’t require masks for kids in the middle of a pandemic that has become more deadly to younger people. They also need to remember who was willing to step in to support their local school decisions.


Apparently, understanding why masking school children is both good and necessary requires above-average intelligence. And we know who votes republican, for the most part.


Keep the pressure on these governors and the Republican party. The Overton Window is moving.

Increasing numbers of Republican politicos are publicly acknowledging that the party line is a bad news; e.g., (ex)Rep David Jolly on Nicolle Wallace’s Deadline


"First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

– Pastor Martin Niemöller


What a concept: Governors want to kill your kids.


“Amnesia” by Toad the Wet Sprocket is a musical tribute to Niemoller.

“Final solution’s back in style.
We are the ones letting it ride”


The content of your post makes its total inclusion in my post a requirement.

Trump/GOP/RWNJ politics revolve around emotion. They always seek to create and maintain a stance of domination and inevitability of the surrender of opponents.


Well in Abbotts and DeSantis’ world woman don’t have to work. Or their work can be done remotely.


The parts these governors also take into consideration is teachers getting sick or have been in contact with an infected person. Subs are hard to find. School bus drivers are hard to find.
Then let’s move on to how many kids from the same school district that end up in hospitals is not a good thing for property values.


Hmmm, it’s almost like DeSantis, Abbott and the GOP want to see the economy take a hit. You know, something to blame on Biden and the Democrats. Besides, their main benefactors did seem to get considerably richer during 2020.



How much money will no longer be going overseas to support the Afghanistan effort? How much can be spent now to modernize and correct issues in the military. How much no longer has to be diverted from other funds? How much is no longer needed to be begged for each year. How much will this affect the bottom line on federal spending? I have been puzzling over that for a few days. And what will the ripple effect be? I am not an economist so I am asking very simple questions. In fact, when I think about it. This will gut some of the revenue for those promoting the war. The big guys who managed to pay minimal taxes but might not be making monster profits. But then how much can taxes be lowered for the middle class and below? So many things, too much ignorance on my part to process.


It’s hard for me not to interpret the GOP’s Covid-19 response as deliberate sabotage, a gross breach of National Security.


True. These are the same states that don’t want to pay teachers decent wages. They don’t value education, even though they have gotten some pretty good educations themselves.


What happened when Biden won was that the prime motivations of the GOP and its voters have been exposed.

No matter how many mumblings of the BothSider Gang.

What have the Republicans been talking about?
What have the Democrats been talking about?