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.
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.
Here is the judge ruling against DeSantis' ban:pic.twitter.com/BJlOFi9oUA
— The Recount (@therecount) August 30, 2021
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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