(TheConservativeNews.org) – The debate around how much governments and official bodies should be able to do to encourage vaccination and curb viral spread continues to heat up. Liberal leaders are increasingly indicating things like vaccine and mask mandates may be on the table if vaccination rates don’t start climbing again, but most Conservatives are having none of it. Of course, when it comes to the rejection of overreach by liberal politicians, no one is more eager than Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.
In July, DeSantis issued an executive order banning school districts from introducing mask mandates, defying CDC guidance on the matter. The governor said he was protecting the “ability of parents” to make their own decisions about whether their children should wear masks. This week, the governor has doubled down on this new policy.
On Monday, August 9, his office issued a statement announcing that any public school official who attempts to disobey his executive order could face the withholding of their salary. The statement went on to explain the reasoning behind this rule, stating government funding for education should benefit “students first and foremost.” DeSantis answered a question about the possibility during a recent presser.
However, it’s not clear this measure will be sufficient to avoid mask mandates. Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho insisted he would make up his mind on the issue on the basis of “consultations with experts,” regardless of any threat to his salary.
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