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DeSantis Has Laid Down The Law On Liberal Teachers!

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has made a bold move regarding his ban of masks within the Sunshine State’s public schools. He recently said that he is planning on withholding the salaries of superintendents and school board members who attempt to ignore the statewide ban he signed regarding face coverings.

A spokesperson for Ron DeSantis’ office detailed the decision on Monday: “With respect to enforcing any financial consequences for non-compliance 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.”

Another statement that the governor’s office added was that he prioritizes “protecting parents’ rights” and wants to ensure ” that every student has access to high-quality education that meets their unique needs.”

“For example,” the statement continued, “the State Board of Education could move to withhold the salary of the district superintendent or school board members, as a narrowly tailored means to address the decision-makers who led to the violation of law.”

This isn’t the first time that DeSantis has threatened to cut off funding for the K-12 schools in Florida. He previously threatened to do so for schools that mandate the masks in the first place.

Christina Pushaw is a spokeswoman for Ron DeSantis, and she noted to Slate, “Education funding is for the students. The kids didn’t make the decision to encroach upon parents’ rights. So any financial penalties for breaking the rule would be targeted to those officials who made that decision.”

What Else?

Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho issued a statement of his own in regards to the remarks from Governor DeSantis.

“We have established a process that requires consultation with experts in areas of public health and medicine,” Carvalho said in a statement. “We will follow this process, which has served us well, and then make a final decision. At no point shall I allow my decision to be influenced by a threat to my paycheck; a small price to pay considering the gravity of this issue and the potential impact to the health and well-being of our students and dedicated employees. I want to thank the Governor for recognizing that students should not be penalized.”

Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna also weighed in, telling school officials that he didn’t think you could “put a price tag on someone’s life, including my salary.”

“If something happened and things went sideways for us this week and next week as we started school, and heaven forbid we lost a child to this virus, I can’t just simply blame the governor of the state. I can’t,” Hanna added.

Alachua County Superintendent Carlee Simon also put in her two cents, saying that parents will not be able to “opt out of a mask mandate unless they have a medical reason.” “I know it appears I’m being combative and I don’t want to be combative, but this is the responsibility I have in this position,” Simon said, while also noting that she is wondering if it is even legal for Governor DeSantis to make her lose a portion of her salary simply for mandating masks in her schools. While we can definitely give Governor DeSantis some credit for sticking to his guns on this issue, it definitely looks like a confrontation between him and school officials is on the horizon.


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