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Biden administration sends letter to Tennessee governor regarding executive order over school masks

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Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 5:03 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The U.S. Secretary of Education sent a letter to the governor of Tennessee.

The letter specifically addresses the executive order that allows parents to opt out of masking their children in schools.

Secretary Miguel Cardona said the state’s executive order puts the safety of students at risk and that the department may closely review if the schools are meeting all of the requirements for emergency funding from the American Rescue Plan.

Governor Bill Lee responded to the letter on Twitter, saying, “Parents know better than the government what’s best for their children.”

On Wednesday President Joe Biden said the White House would not allow governors to block masks in schools. He referenced a heated Tennessee school board meeting for the second time in as many weeks and said masks are not a political issue.

Biden said he ordered the Education Department to pursue legal action if necessary to block governors who “try to block and intimidate educators protecting our children.”

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