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The Florida Education Commissioner has ordered additional fines for school districts that have issued mask orders

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is recommending that the State Board of Education impose strict financial sanctions on school districts that violate state regulations regarding the requirement for masks.

According to a memo posted Tuesday, Corcoran found at least 10 school districts to be inconsistent with the Florida mask policy, which gives parents a final say on whether their children will wear school masks. They include the three largest districts in the state, serving a total of 840,000 students in Miami-Dade, Broward and Hillsborough counties.

By imposing strict masking rules for disagreeing with state masking policies, “a school district does not provide grounds for violation,” Corcoran wrote, adding that school districts do not allow students to make masks compulsory at the request of parents who face new penalties.

So far, the state has cut the salaries of school board members in Alachua and Broward County. In support of those districts, the Biden administration launched a new grant program, which allowed district officials to use the grant money to “recover funds held by state leaders” for their masks and other Covid-1 restrictions.

That new punishment will specifically target the Biden administration’s initiative, Corcoran said in a memo.

“If the State Board accepts my recommendation, I would request that it consider approving the withholding of state funds equal to 1/12 of the salaries of all school board members, as well as withholding state funds equal to any federal grant. [school district] For its unfinished with it [state mask rules], ”Reads the memo.

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Alachua County Public Schools was the first district to receive what became known as Project Safe (Support for American Families and Educators) from new federal grants. In late September, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Alachua would be paid $ 147,719 to cover the fine.

“Through this grant, we are making sure that schools and communities across the country who are personally committed to returning safely to education know that we have our backs,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona while announcing the award. “I commend Alachua for protecting his students and educators and I look forward to working with them so that students can still be given their best year.”

Broward County Public Schools in South Florida has been provided প্রকল্প 420,957 for project safe funding. According to the district’s website, the Florida Department of Education has withheld 35,080 per month from district funding allocations since August. This amount represents 1/12 of the annual salary of nine Broward School Board members.

The Florida Board of Education will meet Corcoran’s recommendations by October.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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