Judge Allows DeSantis’ Ban On School Masks Mandates To Stay

Ron DeSantis

On Friday, the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee granted a stay to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration’s order to ban mask mandates in schools.

The Associated Press reported, “The governor’s lawyers took their case Thursday to the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. DeSantis wants the appeals court to reverse last week’s decision by Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper, which essentially gave Florida’s 67 school boards the power to impose a student mask mandate without parental consent. Cooper’s ruling was automatically stayed by the 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 law,” the outlet added. “That law, the governor said, reserves for parents the authority to oversee their children’s education and health.”

Christina Pushaw, a spokeswoman for Gov. DeSantis, responded to the ruling on Twitter, writing, “1st District Court of Appeals just granted the State of Florida’s request to reinstate the stay — meaning, the rule requiring ALL Florida school districts to protect parents’ rights to make choices about masking kids is BACK in effect!”

Last month, DeSantis explained his reasoning for the mask mandate, saying it should be the parents’ decision to decide what is best for their child.

“We can either have a free society, or we can have a biomedical security state,” DeSantis said. “And I can tell you, Florida, we’re a free state, people are going to be free to choose, to make their own decisions about themselves, about their families, about their kid’s education, and about putting food on the table.”