Florida gives 2 school districts 48 hours to end their mask mandates before they will pull funding

Florida’s Board of Education is giving 2 school districts 48 hours to comply with their policy allowing parents to opt-out of masking their children or they will pull funding.

The Florida Department of Education said in a news release “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.”

Per The Hill “The state is requesting a list of the annual salaries of all school board members in Alachua and Broward counties, and the State Board of Education will then begin withholding 1/12th of that amount each month from the district’s funds, as an initial step.”

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said in a statement.  “It is important to remember that this issue is about ensuring local school board members, elected politicians, follow the law.”

“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,” he added.

Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Carlee Simon said the district will be responding to the state’s order, “but we have no plans to change our current masking requirement.”

“Based on the dramatic spike in cases and quarantines in our schools and community, we believe universal masking is absolutely critical to keeping schools open, protecting the health of our students and staff and limiting the current strain on our local healthcare system. If necessary, we will pursue legal action to ensure that we maintain local control over our schools and are able to meet our obligation to provide a safe learning environment for all students,” Simon insisted.