Last July, Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning mask mandates in Florida’s schools.
But a few school administrators didn’t take DeSantis’ order seriously.
And now Florida schools that defied Ron DeSantis’ order and forced children to wear masks are about to face a $200 million penalty.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been leading the fight against the COVID authoritarians from the get-go.
He refused to enforce lockdowns and kept schools open while other states were completely closed down.
DeSantis also went out of his way to defend freedom in Florida by banning mask and vaccine mandates in the Sunshine State.
After Ron DeSantis issued an executive order last July banning mask mandates in Florida schools, the legislature held a special session in November to officially make it a state law.
Of course, even though DeSantis banned schools from forcing students to wear a mask, folks still had the freedom to wear a mask if they wanted to do so.
But this wasn’t good enough for the Democrats and radical Left, who advocated forcing school children to wear a mask all day long at school despite the clear evidence of massive harm caused by it.
That’s why a dozen school districts ignored DeSantis’ order banning mask mandates and instead forced students to wear a mask or be sent home from school.
The districts implemented mask mandates at the beginning of the current school year as the Delta variant was still spreading across the state.
Even though the districts have since lifted the mandates, they are facing a $200 million penalty under a budget bill that just passed the Florida House.
If passed and signed into law, the funding stripped from those districts would be spread among the state’s other districts.
“Following the law is not optional,” Republican Representative Randy Fine said. “These school districts broke the law,” he continued, adding that “and they were broken for nothing.”
Democrats are up in arms over the fines, falsely accusing Republicans of taking $200 million from the disobedient districts and harming the children solely out of political retribution.
But as Fine pointed out, the school districts being punished will still receive more funds than they did the previous year because of an overall $1.2 billion increase in government school spending.
“You want to talk about punitive, I’ll talk about punitive,” Fine said. “I think of the first grader who wasn’t able to learn how to speak and read without looking at the face of the colleague across the way. I think of the deaf child . . . who had to learn how to read lips without seeing the lips of the other children.”
DeSantis supports the legislation and is expected to sign if it reaches his desk.
But it still has to clear the Senate before DeSantis can sign the bill and punish the districts who violated his order and forced children to wear a mask or be sent home.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.