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On Friday, President Joe Biden called several superintendents who are defying mask mandate bans in their states as the situation in Afghanistan worsened.

As reported by The Associated Press, “Biden spoke separately by phone Friday with Superintendent Chad Gestson of the Phoenix Union High School District and interim Superintendent Vickie Cartwright of Broward County Public School, the White House said in a statement Saturday.”

The White House said that the president and the superintendents spoke about “their shared commitment to getting all students back in safe, full-time in-person learning this school year” and that Biden “commended their leadership and courage to do the right thing for the health and well-being of their students, teachers, and schools.” Read more…