TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Department of Education has gone done with its menace of withholding monthly schoolhouse committee subordinate salaries who interruption Gov. Ron DeSantis’ prohibition connected disguise mandates, adjacent though a justice has already ruled the prohibition connected mandates is unconstitutional.
Monday, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced the Florida DOE has withheld the monthly schoolhouse committee subordinate salaries successful Alachua and Broward County.
The DOE stated, “Each territory has implemented a mandatory look disguise argumentation that violates parental rights by not allowing a genitor oregon ineligible guardian to opt-out their child, arsenic required by Florida Department of Health Emergency Rule 64DER21-12.” The withholding of funds volition proceed monthly until each schoolhouse committee complies with authorities instrumentality and rule, according to the Department of Education.
“We’re going to combat to support parent’s rights to marque wellness attraction decisions for their children. They cognize what is champion for their children. What’s unacceptable is the politicians who person raised their close hands and pledged, nether oath, to uphold the Constitution but are not doing so. Simply said, elected officials cannot prime and take what laws they privation to follow,” said Commissioner of Education Corcoran.
Corcoran besides said further sanctions and enforcement enactment whitethorn beryllium imposed connected each schoolhouse territory which violates the law.
Last week, however, Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper agreed with a radical of parents who claimed successful a suit that the prohibition connected the mandates is unconstitutional and cannot beryllium enforced.
Cooper’s determination came aft a three-day virtual proceeding and arsenic astatine slightest 10 Florida schoolhouse boards voted to defy DeSantis and enforce disguise requirements with nary parental opt-out. The governor’s bureau said Cooper’s determination was not based connected the instrumentality and it volition appeal.
Broward County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright released the pursuing connection successful response:
“Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the Broward County School Board judge we are successful compliance. In the tone of cooperation, the District is continuing to comply with the authorisation imposed by Florida’s Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran regarding regular reporting of students who look a effect for not wearing a mask. The wellness and information of our students, teachers and unit proceed to beryllium our main priorities. As such, BCPS volition proceed to mandate masks, knowing the information shows they assistance minimize the dispersed of COVID-19 successful our schools. As antecedently stated, this determination volition beryllium reviewed by the School Board aft Labor Day arsenic conditions whitethorn alteration and modification whitethorn beryllium appropriate.”