Florida judge blocks Governor DeSantis’ ban on mask warrants in schools
A Florida judge ruled Friday that school districts can require students and staff to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order banning warrants was “without legal authority.” , according to AP.
Why is this important: Several Florida school districts have defied DeSantis’ order despite threats from the governor to suspend state funding to schools that do not comply.
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What they say : Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper said a school district’s decision to require masks to prevent the spread of the virus is reasonable and limited in scope and necessary to protect public health, according to AP.
In numbers : DeSantis issued the order, although Florida is experiencing a spike in new infections largely due to the Delta variant.
Florida reported 21,765 new cases and 901 deaths from the virus on Thursday, according to the Miami Herald.
The big picture: The Biden administration announced in August that it would provide financial aid to schools defying executive orders banning mask warrants for students and education staff.
Go further: Spike in coronavirus cases forces schools to close
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