DeSantis Administration Defies Judge’s Ruling, Withholds Salaries from Members of School Boards That Mandated Masks

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On Monday, Florida’s Department of Education moved ahead with its plans to punish school districts that mandate masking for students and staff, despite a judge’s ruling on Friday that it could not do so.

According to Politico, the department is withholding monthly salaries from school board members in the counties of Alachua and Broward, which had defied a law signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that banned the implementation of mask mandates to combat the spread of Covid-19 in schools.

The average monthly salary for a board member in Broward County is about $3,900, Politico notes.

The legislation is called the Parents’ Bill of Rights. At least 10 school districts in the state
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