Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos left the department’s funding for low-income schools, protections for students with disabilities, and rights for survivors under Title IX in shambles.
Democrat Anna V. Eskamani called the bill "an offensive piece of legislation" that is fundamentally un-American.
The rise in COVID-19 cases and the new variants of the virus threaten a safe return to in-person classes.
To a devoted Puerto Rican second grade teacher in Florida's hard-hit Orange County, this news comes as no surprise.
"We are seeing classrooms with 25 students, 20 students, with not six feet of social distancing," said Ana Fusco, Broward Teachers Union president.
Nearly 300,000 Spanish-speaking students in Florida will have to take a test in person at a time when COVID cases are on the rise.
The president of the federation said schools are not ready to open because of the high COVID-19 positivity rate and the over 100 school buildings in disrepair after last year's earthquakes.