Press "Enter" to skip to content

Appeals court sides with DeSantis, reinstating Florida’s ban on school mask mandates

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on school mask mandates will stay in place because the measure faces authorized challenges in court, an appeals court dominated Friday. The order reverses a decide’s determination to place the governor’s ban on maintain.

“When a public officer or agency seeks appellate review, which is the case here, there is a presumption under the rule in favor of a stay, and the stay should be vacated only for the most compelling of reasons,” learn the order from the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.

“Given the presumption against vacating the automatic stay, the stay should have been left in place pending appellate review.”

The determination is the most recent improvement within the showdown between DeSantis and native school districts, a few of which have defied the governor’s order and imposed mask mandates. In response, the Florida Board of Education imposed funding cuts for school board members in districts that stood down on their mask mandate insurance policies.

The Department of Education on Thursday introduced a brand new grant program designed to offer additional funding to colleges which can be punished for implementing mask mandates. Local colleges and particular person employees can apply for the grants, which the division stated will happen on an “ongoing” foundation.

“Every student across the country deserves the opportunity to return to school in-person safely this fall, and every family should be confident that their school is implementing policies that keep their children safe,” stated U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “We should be thanking districts for using proven strategies that will keep schools open and safe, not punishing them.”

In July, DeSantis signed an government order barring public colleges from requiring face masks. But final month, Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper stated the governor’s order was unconstitutional and allowed school mask mandates to maneuver ahead.

DeSantis reacted to Friday’s determination on Twitter: “No surprise here — the 1st DCA has restored the right of parents to make the best decisions for their children. I will continue to fight for parents’ rights.”