Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration backed down from its threat to withhold school officials’ salaries if they resist his anti-mask rule, saying instead that the defiant officials should be responsible for the “consequences of their decisions.”
The move by the governor’s office represents a tacit acknowledgement that it legally can’t take away the salaries of school board members and others despite previously threatening to.
DeSantis could levy hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines against school districts for disobeying his mask orders, but it would be up for the board leaders themselves to cut their own pay.
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Backpedal all you want — being willing to defund schools and administrators to score partisan political points should disqualify you from being the governor, @RonDeSantisFL.
This is a win for students, parents, teachers, and our democracy.https://t.co/HDqZ7vHcbA
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) August 12, 2021