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U.S. Department of Education files cease and desist action against state over funding for Broward Schools

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The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to increased levels of stress and anxiety for students. But Broward County Public Schools has struggled to find social workers and school counselors. A new internship program aims to fix that. Above, Cypress Bay High School students enter the campus in Weston on the first day of school in August.

TALLAHASSEE

A day after the Florida Department of Education withheld funds from two school districts amid an ongoing mask mandate fight, the Biden administration on Thursday filed a complaint asking an administrative judge to block the action.

The U.S Department of Education filed the complaint with the agency’s Office of Administrative Law Judges three days after warning Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran that there would be repercussions if the state moved forward with financial sanctions against two districts that have imposed strict mask mandates.

Specifically, federal officials said it would be unlawful for the state to withhold funds in an amount equal to federal grant awards that two districts, Broward and Alachua, received to offset financial penalties the state had already imposed in August.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.