Judge Again Rules Against DeSantis, Blocks Ban on Mask Mandates in Florida Schools

ORLANDO, Fla. – A judge on Wednesday again ruled against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ mask policy for students, setting aside a stay to his initial ruling and allowing school districts to enact mask mandates as the case moves forward on appeal.

Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper ruled last month that DeSantis did not have the authority to stop school districts from enforcing mask mandates.

DeSantis appealed the ruling, which placed an automatic stay on the judge’s decision, allowing the state to continue to penalize school districts for requiring masks.

On Wednesday, however, Cooper lifted the stay, meaning his original ruling stands.

DeSantis wants parents, not school districts, to determine whether their children should wear masks in school.

The issue at hand is whether the freshly minted Parents Bill of Rights law means parents have sole authority to decide if their child wears a mask or permits a school board to impose a broad mask requirement.

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Source: Click Orlando