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Officials in Florida withhold school board salaries over mask mandates
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 30, 2021 09:05PM
[apnews.com]

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida state education officials on Monday began to make good on threats to withhold funding from local school districts that defied Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates, despite a circuit judge last week ruling the ban unconstitutional.

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced that the Florida Department of Education has withheld an amount equal to monthly school board member salaries in Alachua and Broward counties, as directed by the State Board of Education. Funds will continue to be withheld until the districts comply, Corcoran said.

Broward County Interim Superintendent Vickie Cartwright said in a statement that Broward County School Board believes they are in compliance with the law.

“The health and safety of our students, teachers and staff continue to be our main priorities,” Cartwright said. “As such, BCPS (Broward County Public Schools) will continue to mandate masks, knowing the data shows they help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.”

DeSantis, a Republican who is eyeing a possible presidential run in 2024, had been threatening to impose financial penalties on school boards for weeks. Democratic President Joe Biden has said if that happened, federal money would be used to cover any costs.

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Meanwhile, a Tallahassee circuit judge on Friday agreed with a group of parents who argued in a lawsuit that DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper said an executive order issued by DeSantis that served as the basis for the health department’s emergency rule is without legal authority.

Cooper said his ruling wouldn’t go into effect until it is put into writing, which he asked the parents’ lawyers to complete by Monday. Craig Whisenhunt, one of the attorneys representing the parents, said they complied and expect the ruling to take effect this week.

The governor’s office has said that Cooper’s decision wasn’t based on the law, and the state will appeal it.



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Re: Officials in Florida withhold school board salaries over mask mandates
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 30, 2021 09:28PM
Allow spaghetti straps and exposed boxers in the dress code, and watch the state government suddenly support mandating clothing requirements again.
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Re: Officials in Florida withhold school board salaries over mask mandates
Posted by: bfd
Date: August 30, 2021 11:02PM
Most board members aren't doing the job for a living - they aren't paid much, though most are getting health benefits…
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Re: Officials in Florida withhold school board salaries over mask mandates
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 31, 2021 04:16AM
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bfd
Most board members aren't doing the job for a living - they aren't paid much, though most are getting health benefits…

In Florida, School Board is an elected position and are paid.

the 2017-2018 salary schedule or the two counties the state is docking:
Alachua - $38,000
Broward - $44,000

The lowest pay in the state is Lafayette County at $25,000 and the highest are in the largest counties at $44,000.

[fsba.org]

Superintendents are much higher, most being appointed though some are elected.



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