Members of Mono County Assembly Join Parents and Kids to Protest Mask Mandate For Mammoth Unified School District:
Author: Anonymous member of MCA
On 8/18/21 the day before the school year was slated to kick off, dozens of people showed up on short notice to protest Mammoth Unified School District's mask mandate. Many parents and students are frustrated with the school districts unwavering stance on forcing children to wear masks all day at school. Mammoth Unified School District is not unique when it comes to the mask policy being imposed on kids. School districts across the state of California are forcing children to wear masks as a requirement to attend. Even at school board meetings when parents overwhelmingly voice their opposition to masking children, their grievances are going largely ignored. School officials across California are showcasing just exactly who they take orders from and where their values lie.
The situation is simple. In the state of California, state and federal funding make up roughly 67% for public schools K-12 (58% state, and 9% federal). In order to receive state and federal funding schools must have a mask mandate. The mask mandate is included in the state's requirement that every school has a Covid-19 safety plan as stated in Assembly Bill 86. If schools do not meet these requirements, they risk losing state and federal funds. So far it seems nearly all school boards, principals, and teachers have chosen state and federal funding over adhering to the will of parents and students. Many school staff are claiming they are doing this in the name of health and safety for the children. However, there is a conflict of interest when school policy decisions and funding become integrated. Are there ulterior motives when it comes to California school districts dictatorial stance on masking children? According to the Public Policy Institute of California, " In 2013, school districts were required to pay 8% of their teacher payrolls for pensions. By 2020, that contribution will rise to 19%". Teacher's and school staff's pension's are impacted by the decision of whether or not to impose a mask mandate on children. Couple that with many teachers calling for an increase to their salaries and you can start to see something is clearly wrong with this picture. Would there be such a hard line stance on masking children in schools if 67% of funding was not a factor in the decision? How about if the decision meant teachers had to take a pay cut and reduction to their pension pay outs? There is only so much funding to go around, and the funding trend in California shows more money is going toward school staff than to students.
This unscrupulous behavior from school officials has angered many parents and students while leaving millions of taxpayers disenfranchised with school policy. This is just one more glaring example of how corruption has oozed its way into every level of government across the state. In this case its even more horrendous than usual because its corruption and greed at the expense and well being of our future, the children.