Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, has appealed a judge’s ruling that the governor overstepped his authority by directing school boards to not force stringent face mask requirements on students to fight the deadly coronavirus spread.
John C. Cooper, a Leon County Judge, ruled on 27th August that Florida school authorities can lawfully require their students to use face coverings to halt the COVID-19 spread, saying Gov. DeSantis exceeded his authority on issuing an order prohibiting such directives. Mr. Cooper stated DeSantis’ executive order is without lawful authority.
With a written ruling expected by day’s end, @AGAshleyMoody is out with a formal opinion letter: As to in-school mask mandates, Florida school districts must follow “applicable statutes and reg’s … till the judiciary declares them invalid.” #FlaPol https://t.co/2Pq67TetTx
— Jim Rosica (@JimRosicaFL) September 1, 2021
Ron DeSantis’ lawyers took their case on Sept. 2 to the First District Court of Appeal (Tallahassee). The governor wants the appeal court to undo past week’s verdict by John Cooper, which essentially gave sixty-seven school boards in Florida the authority to force a student face mask mandate without parental agreement. The appeal automatically stayed Leon County Judge’s ruling.
Trying To Stand With Student’s Parents – DeSantis
Earlier this week, Florida Governor DeSantis, a GOP, stated at a press conference that he’s optimistic the state would win on appeal by linking the face-covering mandate order to the “Parents Bill of Rights Law.” DeSantis said that law reserves for parents the power to manage their children’s education and well-being.
However, Cooper found that the “Parents Bill of Rights Law” frees administration deeds that are needed for public and safety protection and are rational and inadequate in scope.
Mr. Cooper said Friday it does not require that a face-covering mandate must include a parental opt-out absolutely.
Florida Governor and state education authorities have intimidated to force financial penalties on school boards that adopt a face-covering mandate without a provision permitting students’ parents to opt-out. Until now, they’ve moved to retain remunerations for members of school boards in Broward and Alachua counties.
Furthermore, Ron DeSantis said that they’re only endeavoring to unite with the parents. They ponder it is crucial that they’re granted the ability to opt-out.