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Florida agency says state can dock pay from school districts with mask mandates

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FL agengy syas it's OK to dock pay for mask mandatesFlorida’s Board of Education on Friday cleared the way for the state to slowly bleed the pay of local school board members who voted to mandate masks for students, marking the first sanctions on those who have defied DeSantis administration orders.

The state board gave school leaders in Broward and Alachua counties 48 hours to reverse their mask requirements, or the Florida Department of Education can begin stripping salaries from their education budget, according to documents first obtained by POLITICO. Five school districts across Florida, representing more than 1 million students, are bucking the DeSantis administration’s mask policies and are now exposed to similar punishment.

The move attracted the attention of the Biden administration, which has openly supported school districts in their fight with DeSantis. U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, in a statement, said he “spoke directly” with superintendents in Alachua and Broward on Friday "to reassure them that the President and his Administration stand with them.”

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