Ron DeSantis Backs Bill to Strip Funding From School Districts Caught Defying COVID Orders

Ron DeSantis Backs Bill to Strip Funding From School Districts Caught Defying COVID Orders

(AbsoluteNews.com) – In July 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) issued an executive order banning government entities from imposing mask mandates. A number of school districts went on to defy his order and issue the mandates anyway. The governor is now supporting a bill that will strip those districts of some of their funding.

On February 16, the Florida House passed a budget bill that included a provision to strip $200 million in education funding from counties that defied his ban. The proposal was introduced by conservative Rep. Randy Fine and it will penalize 12 school districts. The counties that stand to lose funding are from both Republican and Democratic areas, including Sarasota, Volusia, Miami-Dade, Indian River and more. DeSantis said he supports Fine’s measure as well the rights of parents to file suits against counties for the “academic, social and emotional problems caused by these policies.”

Rep. Fine slammed the districts that defied the governor, saying, “Following the law is not optional” and those who “broke the law” could lose funding. The state representative said the money would not impact services, but would instead target administrators’ salaries. He said the proposal is intentionally punitive and serves to punish the districts that didn’t follow the governor’s orders.

The measure still needs to pass the Senate and await the governor’s signature.

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