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Florida Gives Schools 2 Days To Reverse Mask Mandates Or Lose Funding After Defying DeSantis

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Two Florida school districts that defied state rules and imposed mask mandates for students have been given 48 hours to reverse their requirement or risk losing state funding equal to the salaries of their school board members.

In July, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill making mask-wearing optional in public schools.

In an order sent Friday to the districts in Alachua and Broward counties, the State Board of Education said that if they do not reverse their mandates in two days, the districts will have to provide Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran the current salaries of each school board member, Yahoo reports.

Yahoo reports the order prohibits the districts from letting the reduction of funds “impact student services or teacher pay” and requires them to report to the state any instance in which they enforce their “unlawful” mask mandate.

The Florida Department of Education said it then will start gradually withholding state funds — equal to 1/12 of the salaries of the board members, monthly — “until each district demonstrates compliance,” according to a statement, per Yahoo.

The state board kept open the possibility of additional sanctions.

Alachua and Broward county districts were the first of five districts in the state to impose mask requirements this month and Friday’s crackdown came after weeks of threats from the education department and DeSantis’ office.

Leaders in both school districts told ABC News Friday that they will not reverse their mask mandates and will take legal action against the state.

“It’s not legal what the governor is doing. We think he has overstepped his purview,” said Dr. Rosalind Osgood, chair of the Broward County School Board, per Yahoo.

Dr. Carlee Simon, superintendent of Alachua County Public Schools, said in a statement that imposing masks in their schools is critical to keeping the schools open.

“Based on the dramatic spike in cases and quarantines in our schools and community, we believe universal masking is absolutely critical to keeping schools open, protecting the health of our students and staff, and limiting the current strain on our local health care system,” Simon said.

 

Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. So let me get this straight. Desantis wants to take power away from LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND LOCAL PARENTS to make their own decisions about THEIR CHILDREN’S SAFETY when it comes to DEALING with this PANDEMIC?

    Desantis has to be the dumbest MF on the planet. This is a HORRIBLE POLITICAL MOVE.

    So ” BIG GOVERNMENT ” in this case the State of FLORIDA is TAKING over LOCAL CONTROL of SCHOOL DISTRICTS? Great move…..IDIOTS…

    And this is the guy you’re pinning your hopes on? GOOD LUCK WITH THAT

    • The dumbest person on the planet is you. This isn’t local schools, it’s County School Boards. And nowhere in the article does it mention anything about parents! I haven’t seen any video of parents begging for mask or vaccination mandates, but plenty of parents who are against it. If you want to be a sheeple and believe all the bs, feel free. But don’t try to push that bs on the rest of us.

  2. BDL. Consistently working to be the biggest loser on the planet.

    I’m just saying….

    Desantis is doing it because teachers unions and idiot liberals such as yourself have taken parents and their children hostage. They don’t listen to parents concerns. They just ignore and mandate your liberal garbage .

    Good argument though.

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