Florida Governor Appeals Ruling on Masks in Faculties

Florida gov desantisFILE – In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of a monoclonal antibody site in Pembroke Pines, Florida, urging school authorities not to impose strict mask requirements on students to prevent the spread to fight the coronavirus. The governor’s attorneys took their case to the Tallahassee First District Court of Appeals on Thursday, September 2, 2021. (AP photo / Marta Lavandier)

NS. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has appealed a judge’s ruling that the governor has exceeded his powers by ordering school authorities not to impose strict masking requirements on students to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to fight.

The governor’s attorneys took her case to the Tallahassee First District Court of Appeals Thursday. DeSantis wants the Court of Appeals to overturn last week’s Leon County’s District Judge John C. Cooper’s ruling that essentially gave Florida’s 67 school boards the power to impose masking mandates on students without parental consent. Cooper’s judgment was automatically suspended upon appeal.

DeSantis, a Republican, said at a news conference earlier this week that he is confident the state will win on appeal by linking the mask mandate order to the Parents Bill of Rights. This law, the governor said, gives parents the power to oversee the education and health of their children.

However, Cooper noted that the Bill of Rights law excludes government measures that are necessary, proportionate, and limited in scope to protect public health – such as: B. Masking students to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

“It is not necessary that a mask mandate has to include parental deregistration at all,” Cooper said on Friday in an oral decision.

DeSantis and state education officials have threatened school authorities introducing masking requirements without a provision allowing parents to opt out of fines.

Previously, they have withheld salaries for school board members in Alachua and Broward counties. These are two of the 13 school boards that represent more than half of the 2.8 million Florida students who voted for mask mandates against the governor’s orders.

“Ultimately, we’re just trying to stay with the parents,” said DeSantis. “We think it’s important that you have the opportunity to unsubscribe.”

In his ruling last week, Cooper agreed with a group of parents who alleged in a lawsuit that DeSantis’ order was unconstitutional and unenforceable. The problem has sparked intense and divisive school committee meetings across the state, with parents who say masks are essential for the safety of children against those who order them to be worn by the government.

DeSantis has rejected recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that people wear masks. In particular, he argues that masks are less important for young people and pose their own risks for children.

However, Cooper said the state’s medical experts who testified during the trial that the masking is ineffective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 are in a marked minority among doctors and scientists. He also said that while DeSantis frequently states that a Brown University study concluded that masks are ineffective, the study’s authors wrote that such a conclusion should not be drawn.