An appeals court in the state of Florida has ruled in favor of Gov. Ron DeSantis, issuing a stay in a case that essentially reinstates his ban on mask mandates in the state’s public schools.
Both school and health officials have been doing battle with state governors and others over a wide variety of COVID precautions in recent weeks.
DeSantis, a Republican, issued an executive order back in July that banned school mask mandates. The governor stated that parents should be the ones that decide whether or not their kid wears a mask.
This week, the state Department of Education withheld funding from two of those districts. On Aug. 27 Florida’s 2nd Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled that the state does not have the authority to ban mandates.
Friday’s ruling was by the First District Court of Appeals.
Charles Gallagher, the lead attorney for a group of parents suing the state, wrote on Twitter: “We are disappointed by the ruling of the 1st DCA that reinstates the stay and will be seeking pass through jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Florida since this matter involves statewide issues. With a stay in place, students, parents and teachers are back in harm’s way.”
This is great news for parents, who, by the way, are the ones who should be making health decisions for their children, not the federal or state government, especially the department of education.