School Board to Defy Gov. DeSantis Order, will Issue Mandate in Public Schools Anyway

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Republican Ron DeSantis is now facing a direct challenge from Miami-Dade County schools as they issue a mask mandate for students, defying the governor's order.

Students can opt-out, of course, but this is likely to make some big news headlines as the school board goes up against the governor.

CBS Local reported:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade County School Board has voted to implement a mask mandate for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Parents can opt out their child out with a doctor’s note.

The move defies an order from Gov. Ron DeSantis that states the decision must be left up to parents.

United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats released the following statement on the school board’s vote:

“Today, we witnessed what democracy looks like despite being forced to withstand the vitriol of an anti-science group. With the recommendations of medical experts, the CDC, parents, community allies, students, support professionals, and teachers, we were able to ensure that safety prevailed. We salute Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Dr. Marta Perez, Mrs. Perla Tabares-Hantman, Dr. Steve Gallon III, Mrs. Mari Tere Rojas, Mrs. Lucia Baez-Geller, and Ms. Luisa Santos for showing courage against threats and not allowing politics to enter and harm the safety of our school communities. We are excited about welcoming our students back into our classrooms while trying our best to keep them safe and helping them thrive through.”



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