The Biden Administration had the gall today to offer to pay off any Florida school that decides to defy the mandate of Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on mandatory mask requirements! Even though Governor DeSantis signed an executive order last month that banned mandatory masks in schools and last Monday threatened to withhold the salaries of all school board members and administrators who refused to comply.
In a letter to Governor DeSantis and the Florida Education Commissioner last Friday, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said the districts need to have “sole and complete discretion” to pay the salaries of the officials that are withheld by the state if they violate the order.
“We are eager to partner with [the Florida Department of Education] on any efforts to further our shared goals of protecting the health and safety of students and educators,” Cardona wrote. “If FLDOE does not wish to pursue such an approach, the Department will continue to work directly with the school districts and educators that serve Florida’s students.”
“Any threat by Florida to withhold salaries from superintendents and school board members who are working to protect students and educators (or to levy other financial penalties) can be addressed using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief [ESSER] funds at the sole and complete discretion of Florida school districts,” Cardona wrote.
President Biden personally called many of these Florida school districts, telling him that if they refuse to comply they will have his support, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
The New York post is now reporting that a DeSantis spokeswoman blasted the Biden Administration, accusing them of wanting to spend federal funds “on the salaries of superintendents and elected politicians, who don’t believe that parents have a right to choose what’s best for their children, than on Florida’s students, which is what these funds should be used for.”
Of course, the Gateway Pundit previously reported that the Broward County School Board made an 8-1 vote on Tuesday to keep their mask mandate in place, defying the order of Governor Ron DeSantis.
“Wearing masks inside schools regardless of vaccine status is required to deal with the changing realities of virus transmission. It is a necessary precaution until children under 12 can receive a COVID-19 vaccination and more Americans 12 and older get vaccinated,” Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco said in a statement.
Alachua and Leon counties are also enforcing mask mandates.