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Florida Orders School Districts To Drop Mask Mandates Or Face Financial Penalties

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Florida’s State Board of Education is ordering two school districts to do away with mask mandates or face financial penalties. 

School boards in Broward and Alachua counties must allow an opt-out option for masks on campuses within the next 48 hours or have a portion of their state funding withheld. 

The districts recently instituted mask requirements for students and staff in defiance of an order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) that prohibited mask requirements. The governor argues it should be up to parents to decide whether their children should wear masks at school.

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“School board members of districts have willingly and knowingly violated the rights of parents by denying them the option to make health care decisions for their children – a blatant violation of the Parents’ Bill of Rights, which Governor DeSantis signed into law on June 29, 2021,” the Board of Education said. 

If the school boards fail to comply, the Florida Department of Education will withhold “an amount equal to 1/12 of the total annual compensation of the school board members who voted to impose the unlawful mask mandates” on a monthly basis. 

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The move is the latest in the battle between the state and local school officials concer… (Read more)

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