Florida department of education withholds funding for two counties that defied ‘no-mask mandate’ rule


KATE FELDMAN

New York Daily News

The Florida state government pushed forward Monday with its punishment of school districts that ordered students and teachers to wear masks in class as the COVID-19 pandemic rages.

The Florida Department of Education announced that it has withheld the monthly school board member salaries in Alachua and Broward counties, a punishment for their mask mandates that will continue monthly.

“We’re going to fight to protect parent’s rights to make health care decisions for their children,” Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said in a statement Monday.

“They know what is best for their children. What’s unacceptable is the politicians who have raised their right hands and pledged, under oath, to uphold the Constitution but are not doing so. Simply said, elected officials cannot pick and choose what laws they want to follow.”

Broward County School Board

The move came in the face of a judge’s Friday ruling that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban was unlawful, saying it doesn’t “pass constitutional muster.”

School districts across the state have been forced to square off against the governor to protect students, many of whom are not able to be vaccinated due to age requirements.

At least 10 districts have mandated masks in defiance of DeSantis.

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