Florida Withholds Paychecks Of County School Board

The Tallahassee Democrat reports:

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran withheld the salaries of all Leon County School Board members Friday, even though the district walked back its COVID-induced mask rule this week.

In a letter to the district, Corcoran said that even though parents have the ultimate authority on whether their child wears a mask to school under the new local policy, it also requires asymptomatic children to wear a mask if they wish to return to school during the seven-day quarantine period.

That, he said, does not comply with the state’s own new emergency rule. The Florida Department of Education will withhold the members’ salaries every month until they comply with the emergency rule, which is dated Oct. 12.

Read the full article. In a separate action, on Wednesday the state fined Leon County $3.5 million over its employee vaccine mandate. Tallahassee is the seat of Leon County.