Education Secretary says safe schools ‘require masks,’ touts op-ed critical of Florida’s anti-mask mandate law


After months of authorized challenges, heated faculty board conferences, and confusion amongst dad and mom, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a invoice earlier this month that prohibits schools from mandating masks for college kids. 

Carlee Simon, the superintendent of one of the final faculty districts within the state to drop their mandate, Alachua County Public Schools, wrote an op-ed final week criticizing the anti-mask mandate law — and now Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is backing her up. 

“This isn’t difficult & Superintendent Simon is true. As educators, it is our job to maintain our schools safe and that requires masks,” Cardona tweeted on Monday. 

Miguel Cardona speaks after President-Elect Joe Biden introduced his nomination for Education Secretary on the Queen theatre on December 23, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s workplace hit again on the criticism on Monday, arguing that “forced-masking schoolchildren is completely not the ‘scientific consensus.’”

“Secretary Cardona’s obsession with forcing youngsters to cowl their faces is rooted in politics, not public well being,” Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’s press secretary, advised Fox News on Monday.