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DeSantis faces new resistance over mask rules

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TALLAHASSEE — Some of Florida’s schools aren’t surrendering to Gov. Ron DeSantis just yet.

Schools in Florida’s second largest district will require all students to wear masks when classes begin next week in what is the boldest move a local board has taken yet against DeSantis’ unyielding opposition to face covering policies.

The move all but ensures that DeSantis’ fight over mask mandates amid a surge in infections won’t be resolved as millions of students across the state begin a new, in-person school year.

Broward’s school board voted 8-1 on Tuesday to keep its student mask mandate in place — one day after the state education commissioner threatened to dock the pay of local superintendents and board members who refuse to make face coverings optional. By not giving parents the choice to opt their children out of wearing masks, Broward is directly breaking emergency rules created by the DeSantis administration to prevent schools from enacting stricter Covid-19 safety measures.

The DeSantis administration has warned other school districts that are violating the new rules to make masks optional, or else face the “maximum” sanctions possible from the Florida Department of Education.

“I feel very disappointed and actually quite angry that the governor would continue to utilize his dictatorship-style of leadership to override local school boards when they disagree with his viewpoints,” Patricia Goode, a Broward County School Board member, said Tuesday.

Parents, health care professionals and Democrats have attacked DeSantis for........

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