TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Gov. Ron DeSantis’s office has announced that the Florida Board of Education may withhold salaries from superintendents and school board members who challenge the governor’s decree banning mask warrants.
Here is the statement posted on CBS4:
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“With regard to the application of the financial consequences of failing to comply with state law regarding these rules and, ultimately, the rights of parents to make decisions regarding the education and health care of the their children, the objective of the National Board of Education would be to closely tailor any consequences of the offense committed. For example, the National Board of Education might decide to withhold the salary of the district superintendent or school board members, as a narrowly suited means of addressing the decision-makers who led to the violation of the law.
“Education funding is first and foremost for students, not for systems. The Governor’s priorities are to protect the rights of parents and to ensure that every student has access to a high-quality education that meets their unique needs.
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Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who heads the nation’s fourth largest school district, issued a statement in response. It reads, in full:
“We have established a process that requires consultation with experts in the fields of public health and medicine. We will go through this process, which has served us well, and then make a final decision. At no time will I allow my decision to be influenced by a threat to my salary; a small price to pay given the seriousness of this problem and the potential impact on the health and well-being of our dedicated students and employees.
“I want to thank the governor for recognizing that students should not be penalized.”
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