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Miami, Tampa schools defy DeSantis on masks despite threats

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TALLAHASSEE — Two of the largest school districts in Florida and the nation on Wednesday bucked the DeSantis administration by passing mask mandates for all students just one day after other school districts in the state were put on notice for taking similar action.

By requiring masks, the school districts encompassing Miami and the Tampa area are violating emergency rules from Gov. Ron DeSantis and state agencies meant to thwart local Covid-19 mandates. The Republican governor has shown no desire to turn down the heat on defiant school districts, leaving them open to dire sanctions like officials being ousted from office.

“Forcing young kids to wear masks all day … that’s not defying me,” DeSantis said Wednesday at an event in Pembroke Pines. “That’s defying the state of Florida’s laws and the parents bill of rights that was enacted just this past legislative session that I signed into law.

Despite pressure from the state Department of Education, the Miami-Dade and Hillsborough school boards voted to install stricter mask policies than the DeSantis administration wants. With schools already seeing thousands of Covid-19 cases this fall, local board members........

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