Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is doubling down on his efforts to allow school children and their parents to choose for them whether they should wear masks against school boards insistent on implementing mask mandates.
Although heavily criticized by his Democrat opponents and the corporate press, DeSantis’ efforts have been largely supported by families concerned about the wellbeing of children who were forced indoors last year, who were subsequently forced to wear masks by teachers concerned over the spread of the coronavirus.
More than just signing an ineffective executive order, the governor intends to enforce his policy of allowing parents to make decisions about their children’s education and health care, and he’s using the state’s apparatus to ensure compliance from school boards and their members.
On Monday, the governor’s office announced that the Florida Board of Education could withhold the salaries of superintendents and school board members who defy the governor’s executive order prohibiting their proposed mandates.
The governor’s office falls in line with the “fund students, not systems” mantra popularized by the American Federation for Children’s National Director of Research Corey DeAngelis, a crusader for school choice.