Judge tosses out case against Florida's ban on mask mandates

Friday's ruling by a judge dismissed a challenge against Florida's ban of mask mandates in schools. He found it within the authority of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has the authority to issue this order.
Why it matters: Since the law was passed, educators and state officials have been involved in bitter clashes. In retaliation for school districts that violate the ban, Florida officials began to withhold funding from their districts and to reduce salaries of school boards.

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Politico reports that the state also reduced overall funding to Alachua, Broward and Broward counties in an effort to offset federal aid intended to mitigate the effects of sanctions.

The lawsuit was brought forward by school officials from Miami-Dade and Leon counties, Duval, Orange Broward, Broward, Broward, Duval, Duval, Broward, Broward, Broward, Broward, and Alachua. Tallahassee Chief Judge Brian A. Newman dismissed it.

Newman stated in the ruling that they failed to prove the ban was an invalid exercise delegated legislative power.

ABC News reports that the districts have filed a notice of appeal against the ruling.

The U.S. Department of Education also requested a federal administrative judge to stop the state from withholding funds.

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