Published On: Sun, Aug 15th, 2021

Biden Thanks School Superintendents for Defying State Bans on Mask Mandates

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President Joe Biden has commended a pair of school superintendents from Florida and Arizona for enacting mask mandates in defiance of statewide bans, according to the White House. In separate calls on Aug. 13, the president spoke to Chad Gestson, superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District, and Vickie Cartwright, interim superintendent of the Broward County Public Schools. Geston and Cartwright have mandated masks for students in their districts despite mask mandate bans by Republican leaders in Arizona and Florida. “In both conversations, the president commended their leadership and courage to do the right thing for the health and well-being of their students, teachers, and schools,” a White House official said. “Dr. Gestson and Dr. Cartwright are among the leaders who have stepped up at the local level to ensure students and schools are safe where governors have enacted bad public health measures, including banning masks that help stop the spread …

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