Florida: funding withheld for school districts imposing mask mandates.
As Florida becomes the epicenter of the nation’s war over mask mandates, Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that the state will withhold funds for school districts imposing mask mandates.
The Florida Department of Education said Monday that an amount equal to the monthly salaries of school board members had been withheld. This comes after Alachua and Broward County imposed mask mandates for school students as pupils begin to return for the start of the new academic year.
DeSantis’ announcement is in defiance of a recent court order which ruled that his ban on mask mandates in the State of Florida was unconstitutional. DeSantis has vowed to appeal the ruling and has said he is confident that it will be thrown out.
Robert Corcoran, Commissioner of Education, has said that funds will continue to be withheld until Broward and Alachua County comply with the State’s ban on mask mandates.
Meanwhile, more than 100 parents queued up outside a chiropractor in Venice to get a medical exemption form signed. This means that their child can opt-out of wearing a mask when they return to the classroom and will not be required to do so, even under the school district’s mandate.
“What was so touching was how many people actually broke down crying because they felt so helpless, and it hit me to have that opportunity to allow the parents to have a choice”
Florida is not the only state where a mask debate is occurring, with other governors across the country saying that the mandates infringe on personal liberty and that individuals have the right to choose, therefore are unconstitutional. However, proponents of mask mandates, this includes the president himself, insist that they are vital to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.