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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been at the center of the coronavirus controversy here in the United States for weeks now, as he attempts to preserve personal sovereignty in the Sunshine State.
DeSantis is focusing on personal freedom when it comes to pandemic precautions, even going as far as to state that parents should have the right to choose whether or not their children will be wearing masks in school.
This stance has garnered plenty of resistance from Floridians, however, and now a second school district is bucking the governor with a mask mandate of their own.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools became the latest Florida school district to mandate students and teachers wear facial coverings for the start of the 2021-22 academic year.
The nine-member School Board voted 7-1 on the mandate Wednesday afternoon. District 5 Board Member Christi Fraga was not at the hearing.
Earlier in the day, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told the State Board of Education that he was prepared to face the consequences of defying Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order forbidding school districts from requiring masks without giving parents a choice to opt out.
“For the consequences associated with doing the right thing, whatever that right thing is, I will wear proudly as a badge of honor,” Carvalho told the state board during the meeting at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus. “I’m going to leave here today and go to my own school board meeting and I’m going to do that, which is right, rightfully righteous.”
DeSantis has threatened to withhold funding from schools who choose to ignore his orders – a move that has prompted the Biden administration to sic the Department of Eduction on the Florida Governor and others.
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