Texas School Mask Ban Sparks Civil Rights Probe From Biden Admin

The Biden administration has launched a civil rights investigation into whether or not Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s mask ban violates the rights of students with disabilities.

The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights notified Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath in a letter Tuesday it would open a probe into whether or not “students with disabilities who are at heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are prevented from safely returning to in-person education” due to the mask ban.

Suzanne Goldberg, the Education Department’s acting assistant secretary for civil rights who signed off on the letter, cites “the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), which is a federal law” that “protects students with disabilities from discrimination based on their disability.”

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