The Florida Department of Education has announced it is withholding funds to two school districts that have mandated masks in violation of a controversial executive order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
In a statement Monday, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced that the department has withheld the salaries of the school board members for Alachua and Broward Counties, two districts that have been at the head of the fight against DeSantis’ mask ban.
“We’re going to fight to protect parent’s rights to make healthcare decisions for their children,” Corcoran said. “Elected officials cannot pick and choose what laws they want to follow.”
The Republican governor issued an executive order amid spiking COVID-19 cases in the state to prohibit schools, and other government entities, from issuing mask mandates, arguing its up to parents to choose how best to protect their children. As school districts went against his order, he threatened to withhold the pay of those who continued to go against his rule.
The school districts have argued the masks are necessary as many students are too young to be inoculated against the virus and the lack of a mandate not only puts students at risk, but staff and their families to whom they could bring the disease home to.
The announcement of the withholding of salaries was made days after a circuit judge ruled against DeSantis, stating on Friday that following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for school districts to require all who enter their facilities to wear masks is reasonable given the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Vickie Cartwright, interim superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, issued a statement on Monday in response to the department’s actions, saying the health of students, teachers and staff will continue to be their main priority.
“BCPS will continue to mandate masks, knowing the data shows they help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our schools,” she said in a statement reported by CBS Miami. “As previously stated, this decision will be reviewed by the school board after Labor Day as conditions may change and modification may be appropriate.”
Meanwhile, the federal Department of Education announced Monday that it has opened an investigation into five states that have imposed policies prohibiting schools from imposing mask mandates.
Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah have been informed of the probes, the department said.
Investigations into Florida, Texas, Arkansas and Arizona were not announced as their policies against mask mandates have been prevented from being enforced by the courts.
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School children who are not as susceptable the COVID virus as are the adults are to forced to wear intollerable and ineffective masks throughout the entire school day much to their developmental detriment; BUT the adults who are at risck, the Democrat elite, are allowed to throw wild fundraising parties where masks are not seen in great evidence and there is no sicial distancing. CDC take notice!
Breathing in more carbon dioxide and creating a breeding ground for mold, fungus and bacteria using masks, certainly helps keep kids healthy doesn’t it, you airheads on the school board?
How’s about we PERMANENTLY GLUE a mask, preferably a SOLID MASK, on the faces of EVERYONE OF THESE fools, in the school boards, pushing this mandate….
Parents have GOT to rebel–LOUDLY!!!! Because money talks and BS walks start there. Refuse to pay the salaries of these idiot teachers, dismantle the system and the unions, replace or disband school boards. The tyranny of masks, mandatory vaxes, CRT and sick transgenderism are child abuse and unconstitutional. Do NOT sacrifice your child’s physical, mental or emotional health.
It is refreshing to find a governor who says what he means and means what he says.
My respect for DeSantis just multiplied.