Florida Orders School Districts to Lift Mask Mandates in 48 Hours or Lose Funding


Florida is ordering two counties to drop their mask mandates for students in the next 48 hours or face financial penalties.

If Broward and Alachua counties refuse to comply with Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates they will lose part of their state funding.

“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 in a statement.

On July 30, 2021, Governor DeSantis issued and signed Executive Order 21-175 which requires public schools to “allow for a parent or legal guardian of the student to opt-out the student from wearing a face covering or mask.”

“It is important to remember that this issue is about ensuring local school board members, elected politicians, follow the law. These public officials have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Florida. We cannot have government officials pick and choose what laws they want to follow,” said Commissioner of Education Corcoran. “These are the initial consequences to their intentional refusal to follow state law and state rule to purposefully and willingly violate the rights of parents. This is simply unacceptable behavior.”

The statement said that if the districts continue to fail or refuse to comply with the law, they are ordered to provide the Commissioner of Education with information confirming the current annual compensation provided to all school board members within 48 hours.

The Florida Department of Education will then begin withholding from state funds an amount equal to 1/12 of the total annual compensation of the school board members who voted to impose the unlawful mask mandates until each district demonstrates compliance. The districts will be prohibited from cutting costs in any area other than compensation for school board members.

“The Commissioner of Education and State Board of Education retain the right and duty to impose additional sanctions and take additional enforcement action to bring each school district into compliance with state law and rule,” the statement stated.

The Biden administration has said that federal American Rescue Plan funds can be used to compensate for any funds that are withheld.

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8 responses to “Florida Orders School Districts to Lift Mask Mandates in 48 Hours or Lose Funding”

  1. Nabaus says:

    I’m not so sure that DeSantis is merely engaging in a reflection of the original violation of rights.
    The school is supposed to be providing a particular service. The school has decided that if you don’t comply with their demands, you don’t get what your taxes pay for. To an extent, this is sometimes their right- but presumably their is a limit. DeSantis has decided that forcing masks is that limit, and to rectify the issue of the fact that people are unjustly being forced to pay taxes for a service they no longer have access to, he restricts the schools access to the money itself.

  2. YetAnotherUserID says:

    This is a tough one me…

    If Florida can mandate no mask mandates, can other states mandate mask mandates? Yes, I know they can… and have so don’t start with me. The point being if one is bad isn’t the other? And yes, I know in some ways it’s a false equivalence because you think one enhances freedom and the other removes it. And then we get into rights, the constitution, etc. But those who want mask mandates won’t see it that way and it’s a hard argument to win.

    How about we remove education from the public sphere? How about a good old fashioned Libertarian approach and we get to send our kids to schools that best match our values? How about no teachers unions? How about we take back the taxes we pay for schools and fund our children’s education ourselves or home school. How about that?

  3. UppityG says:

    Keep going strong FL and Gov DeSantis, you’re right, the communist teacher’s union is wrong, as usual.

  4. UppityG says:

    Hey @Kim, no. I’m in TX too and just caving to the Ds is something we’ve all been doing far too much of. You act like they’re gonna win every time, so why put up a fight.

    I suspect your a D or a RINO, or worse, a marxist troll who tries to agitprop the silent, conservative, majority into believing you’ve got the upper hand when you’re just the noisy minority.

  5. So your solution is to give up your rights and hope they don’t come for more and force vaccinate anyway? That sounds a lot like capitulation and cowardice from my end, but you do you and enjoy the face diapers.

  6. KimNotTim says:

    PSST, Cassandra…
    In Texas, today I got an email saying that our school would be joining others in our state to sue our OWN STATE so that they could mandate masks in the building.
    I could tell it was written by an SJW that was drooling out of their muzzle. What’s a written micro-aggression called?
    IMO, It’s a waste of money and effort when we could be adults about the whole situation – and just make the kids wear the dang masks. Why? Because the alternative is forced vaccinations to access public education. There’s no winning on both points.
    Sometimes you have to choose the lesser of two evils.
    Not to mention that a win on the suit will set precedence for all the dummy dems in Texas to sue and put all of us back in, essentially, social lockdown. Just to massage their egos.

  7. JoeSC says:

    Don’t leave out the other counties that voted against our wishes!

  8. marblecreekmonarch says:

    Awesome!