America is in turmoil. The state of California recently instituted vaccine mandates for state and healthcare workers. Denver, Colorado also started requiring vaccines for city workers and employees in high-risk settings. This includes First Responders, who have been told to prepare to lose their jobs if they defy the mandate. Masks are now required in the White House and the House of Representatives per Biden and Pelosi’s orders. Some states, however, have taken a stand against vaccine and mask mandates — including Florida, which banned mandates. Now, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has a message for a school board that is defying the ban on forced mask-wearing: drop the mask mandate or lose your paychecks.
Mask mandates in schools are specifically banned by DeSantis’ Executive Order 21-175. Despite this, the Broward County School Board voted to require students to wear masks anyway. Now, DeSantis says he will withhold the salaries of School Board members and superintendents:
“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. For example, 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.”
School Board members have been notified that they have until Friday to drop the mask mandate or they will lose their bloated, undeserved paychecks. Fox News reports:
The Florida Department of Education threatened to withhold the salaries of the Broward County superintendent and the members of the school board after the board voted to defy Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order barring mask mandates in schools.
“This letter is sent to express my grave concern regarding your district’s significant neglect in response to the recently adopted Emergency Rule,” Richard Corcoran, the DOE commissioner, wrote in a letter to the superintendent and chair of the school board. The order, which Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees issued on August 6, lays out clear “expectations for ensuring that any mandated mask policies imposed by a district or school ‘must allow for a parent or legal guardian of the student to opt-out the student from wearing a face covering or mask.’”
Corcoran announced that he would initiate an investigation, “demanding that you provide a written response by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13.” Depending on the results of the investigation, “I may recommend to the State Board of Education that the Department withhold funds in an amount equal to the salaries for the Superintendent and all the members of the School Board,” he warned.
It’s unclear if the Broward County School Board will remain defiant, but it’s great to see a governor take a stand for everyday Americans’ ability to choose how they handle their own healthcare.