Florida Pulls Funding For School Districts That Defy Ban On Mask Mandates


After defying a ban on mask mandates put in place by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), the Alachua and Broward County school districts have been denied federal funding.

The Florida Department of Education voted earlier this week to deny Alachua County roughly $160,000 and Broward around $450,000.

The move comes as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and President Joe Biden have been battling over COVID-related mandates for masks and vaccines.

Earlier this month, eight school districts in the Sunshine State came under the crosshairs of the Board of Education (which oversees the Department of Education) for enforcing mask mandates: Besides Alachua and Broward counties, Brevard, Duval, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange, and Palm Beach districts.

Back in August, Gov. DeSantis had threatened to withhold the salaries of school district superintendents and school board members who decided to go against the mask mandate ban.

In the last two months, COVID cases in Florida haves dropped as much as 90%, and Florida now boasts the lowest rate in the nation.

While Broward County schools may be in the news for getting their federal funding slashed, they are also at th… (Read more)

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