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Appeals court reinstates Florida ban on school mask mandates, delivering win to DeSantis

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis won a temporary legal victory on Friday after an appeals court reinstated the state’s ban on school mask mandates and raised “serious doubts” about parents winning a lawsuit against his administration.

The decision once again allows the Florida Department of Education to penalize 13 school districts that require students to wear masks without allowing parents to opt-out of face coverings.

The 1st District Court of Appeal ruling also foreshadowed that the Republican governor appears well positioned to win against the parents who sued the state for blocking local mask mandates. The legal challenge is one of several over requiring masks for students. Those other cases are currently winding through the legal process.

“These doubts significantly militate against the likelihood of the (parents’) ultimate success in this appeal,” the DCA ruling reads.

Friday’s decision is the latest action in back-and-forth court battle that has spanned weeks as schools in Florida reopened for the fall. A circuit court ruled last week that the........

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