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The fight over COVID precautions is taking a tawdry turn in the Sunshine State this week, as the Department of Education gets involved in a bitter feud between Governor Ron DeSantis and a number of cautious school districts.
At the heart of the issue are a number of mask mandates being implemented by school districts within Florida, despite the governor’s orders that such requirements be outlawed.
Now, in a stunning escalation of events, the Florida Department of Eduction is giving these districts less than two days to comply with the order or face a major fiscal setback.
The Florida State Board of Education has sent an order to Broward and Alachua counties’ school board officials stating that they have 48 hours to comply with the state’s wishes to allow an opt-out option for masks or the state will begin withholding funds, according to copies of the orders shown to CNN.
If the school districts do not comply and continue to keep their mask mandates in place, the districts will start facing financial penalties. The state is requesting a list of the annual salaries of all board members, and the State Board of Education will then begin withholding 1/12th of that amount each month from the district’s funds, according to the document.
And there is no limit to the pain that can be inflicted.
The orders say this measure will be “an initial step” and that “monthly withholding must continue” until the districts are in compliance with the state request or the orders are rescinded.
Governor DeSantis appears to be taking the defiance of these school districts personally, which has opened him up to heavy criticism from not only the liberal left, but the White House as well.
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