Florida appellate court reinstates ban on school mask mandates

State can once again pursue punishments against school districts in violation.
By: | September 10, 2021

The legal back-and-forth battle over controversial mask mandates in Florida schools took a new turn on Friday, giving a victory to Gov. Ron DeSantis and top state education officials.

The First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee reinstated a stay on a recent ruling by a Leon County judge who said DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education cannot ban local school districts from requiring facial coverings for students without the ability to opt out.

Friday’s ruling means the state can once again punish school districts that impose universal mask mandates.

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