(NewsReady.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is a staunch defender of parental rights. He doesn’t believe the state or school districts have the right to mandate masks or other COVID-19 measures. The governor even issued an executive order banning those mandates, and he had the backing of the state Education Board. Now, two school districts that ignored state officials are receiving punishment.
On Tuesday, August 17, the Florida Board of Education voted unanimously to sanction two school districts, Broward and Alachua, over their mask mandates. The board didn’t go into details about the punishments, but they could include removing officials from their jobs or withholding salary.
NEW: Florida State Board of Education has voted unanimously to punish Broward and Alachua counties for mandating masks in schools.
Exact punishment will come after more investigation.
Could include targeting salaries of officials or removing school board members.
— Jay O'Brien (@jayobtv) August 17, 2021
Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said the districts have to follow the law, even if they don’t agree with it.
Other school districts in the state have also passed mandates. The same day the board slapped the other districts on the wrist, Manatee County implemented a mandate for seven days. Hillsborough County announced one for a month.
Republicans widely disagree with mandates because they think it encroaches on the rights of people. DeSantis says parents should make those decisions instead of the government. At this point in the pandemic, Americans know what they need to do to keep their families safe.
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