Gov. Ron DeSantis received temporary good news, an appeals court ruled Friday to keep the state’s ban on student mask mandates in place, at least until it issues a final ruling on the ban.
The ban on masks requirements issued by the Florida Department of Health in August had been suspended Wednesday by a judge in Tallahassee. Judge John C. Cooper.
Friday’s order overrides Cooper, giving the Florida Board of Education the right to continue withholding the salaries of school board members in districts that require face covering for students.
At least 13 schools districts, including Florida’s six largest, have implemented mask mandates.
No surprise here – the 1st DCA has restored the right of parents to make the best decisions for their children.
I will continue to fight for parents’ rights.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 10, 2021
“Upon our review of the trial court’s final judgement and the operative pleadings, we have serious doubts about standing, jurisdiction, and other threshold matters,” Friday’s order states. “The doubts significantly militate against the likelihood of appellees ultimate success in this appeal.”
The U.S. Department of Department said Friday evening it had opened a civil rights investigation in Florida.