DeSantis Reverses Course After Threat to Dock Salaries of School Officials Who Mandate Masks

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has reversed course after saying just days ago that it would dock salaries of school board members who approve school mask mandates in the state. The Republican governor said in a statement to local news outlets on Monday that he would recommend the Department of Education withhold the salaries of school board members. “With respect to enforcing any financial consequences for noncompliance of state law regarding these rules and ultimately the rights of parents to make decisions about their children’s education and health care decisions, it would be the goal of the State Board of Education to narrowly tailor any financial consequences to the offense committed,” his office said in a statement at the time. However, a spokesperson for the governor signaled on Thursday that his administration won’t legally be able to dock salaries, and called on “activist, anti-science school board members” to slash their …

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