The U.S. Department of Education informed Florida’s education secretary on Friday of an investigation into the Sunshine State’s restriction against school mask mandates. In a Sept. 10 letter (pdf) to Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Suzanne Goldberg, the acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, wrote that Florida’s requirement for school districts to allow parents to opt their children out of mask mandates may violate the civil rights of students with disabilities, who are purportedly at a higher risk to adverse outcomes from COVID-19. The department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in Atlanta will conduct the “directed investigation,” according to the letter. “OCR’s investigation will focus on whether, in light of this policy, students with disabilities who are at heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are prevented from safely returning to in-person education, in violation of federal law,” Goldberg wrote. The Epoch Times contacted the office …


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