WATCH: Gov. Ron DeSantis Will Appeal Ruling Allowing Districts Freedom On Mask Rules

A court in Florida shot down Ron DeSantis’s (R-FL) efforts to deny local school districts the freedom to set their own rules regarding masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, he doesn’t intend to accept that ruling. He says he’ll appeal, arguing that school boards weren’t a party to the case, and that he believes the law supports the right to opt out of mask mandates. The complaint argues that the law would, instead, support students’ right to attend school safely.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES – 2021/08/16: Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis holds a press conference to announce the opening of a monoclonal antibody treatment site to help COVID-19 patients recover at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. DeSantis stated that the site will offer the Regeneron treatment, and will operate 7 days a week, treating up to 320 patients a day. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In the clip below, DeSantis says he’ll appeal the ruling, and that the ruling is ‘problematic.’ He claims that it focuses on the rights of the school district. The final ruling hasn’t been issued yet; both parties are to submit a proposed order on Monday, but according to NBC, Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper actually spoke about not only the right, but responsibility, of schools to “adopt policy dealing with health and education,” and that if these conflict with “the parent’s right to control their children’s education or health,” then they can be challenged, and the school board may be forced to defend.

As you can see in the second clip above, the judge said that the ban “exceeds the authority given to the defendants under the Parents’ Bill of Rights law.”

As Arkansas’ Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson admitted he’d learned earlier this year, legislation banning mask mandates can be hard to take back after the fact. He’s said that he wished his state’s legislature would overturn the one he signed.

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