Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran has decided that at the least 10 native faculties boards with strict masks mandates have violated Florida legislation and guidelines, and desires to dock pay from more boards, plus withhold more cash — a brand new punishment.
That punishment be associated to federal grants from the Biden administration.
Right now, the Biden administration has supplied federal grants to native school board members whose salaries have been taken away by state training officers associated to masks mandates.
But Corcoran needs to withhold “state funds in an amount equal to any federal grant funds” awarded to districts for not complying with DeSantis administration masks insurance policies that say dad and mom ought to decide if their college students put on masks, not native school boards.
That would come with not solely withholding school board member salaries but additionally withholding state funds aspiring to backfill these salaries. So far, Alachua and Broward school districts have gotten federal grants to supplant what state officers took away.
The Florida Phoenix reached out to the U.S. Department of Education in regards to the subject, however has not but responded.
In letters despatched to the State Board of Education members, Corcoran decided that school districts that don’t enable college students to opt-out of masks mandates via the only discretion of their dad and mom are breaking an emergency rule from the Florida Department of Health and a legislation associated to oldsters’ rights at faculties.
The State Board of Education will meet Thursday to go over the problems and approve or disapprove on how you can proceed.
Corcoran stated: “Should the State Board adopt my recommendation, I request that it consider the sanction of withholding state funds in an amount equal to 1/12 of all school board members’ salaries, as well as withholding state funds in an amount equal to any federal grant funds awarded…” for not complying with DeSantis administration’s masks insurance policies.
Of concern, the Florida Constitution authorizes school boards to overseen the operation of their public faculties. At subject is the management of faculties. Are native boards in cost, or the manager department, that means the DeSantis administration and the State Department of Education.
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