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Florida to dock school district salaries for requiring masks

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Posted at 9:50 AM, Oct 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-08 09:50:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida is set to dock salaries and withhold funding from local school districts that defied Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on pandemic mask mandates in classrooms.

The Florida State Board of Education has approved plans to deduct an amount equal to a month's pay from school board members in eight counties, including in some of the state’s biggest cities.

It will also reduce overall funding to the counties if they receive federal grants intended to blunt the state’s fines.

The penalties would go into effect in 48 hours if the districts do not let parents opt their children out of school mask mandates.