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Despite Court Decision, State Withholds School Board Members’ Pay From Broward

Cypress Bay High School students enter the campus in Weston as Broward County goes back to school under a school board mask mandate on Aug. 18.

After a court ruled Friday that school districts can enforce temporary mask mandates to contain the spread of COVID -19, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced he has begun withholding money from the Broward and Alachua school districts, which went against the governor’s now-invalidated order.

In a news release issued late Monday, Corcoran said he is following through on the orders of the State Board of Education, which directed him to review options for punishing the school districts that defied an emergency rule by the Department of Health prohibiting school districts from mandating that students wear face coverings in school.

Broward and Alachua counties were the first two school districts to impose a mandatory mask requirements for students returning to school and, after aggressive questioning of the district superintendents two weeks ago, the Board of Education ordered Corcoran to pursue penalties.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.