Florida Officials Threaten to Withhold Funding if Schools Don’t Reverse Strict Mask Mandates

Broward County Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright greets students on Aug. 16 at North Lauderdale Elementary School. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Florida officials are threatening to withhold funds equal to the salaries of school board members if school districts in two counties don’t immediately do away with strict mask mandates as the state continues to battle through high hospitalization rates.

School boards in Broward and Alachua counties received a warning Friday from the State Board of Education giving them 48 hours to walk back their decisions to require masks for all students, only exempting those with a doctor’s note. Broward County has the second-largest school district in the state.

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