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Florida Pulls Funding For School Districts That Defy Ban On Mask Mandates

Florida governor placed a ban against mask mandates. Ron DeSantis, (R), has denied federal funding to Broward County and Alachua school districts.

Alachua County received $160,000, and Broward was awarded $450,000 by the Florida Department of Education. 

It comes after President Joe Biden, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have been at odds over COVID mandates for vaccines and masks.

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It’s not the first district to get pushback

Eight school districts from the Sunshine State were placed under investigation by the Board of Education, which oversees the Department of Education, earlier this month for violating the mask mandates.

In August of that year, Governor. DeSantis threatened withwithholding salaries for school superintendents and members of school boards who voted against the ban on masks. 

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COVID Cases In Florida Plummeting

The number of COVID cases has dropped by as much as 90% in Florida in the past two months. Florida also boasts the lowest COVID rate in the country. 

Broward County Schools may have been in the news because they lost federal funding, but the reason that Broward County schools are at the top is even more doubtful.

The Florida Department of Education is investigating an incident in which elementary-aged children were taken on a “field trip” to a place called Rosie’s, a local gay bar.

Sarah Leonardi, a member of the Broward County school board tweeted about the trip, saying, “I was SO honored to be invited to chaperone … the students and I had a fun walk over and learned a lot about our community!”

The bar is located in an area marketed as “Florida’s most famous gayborhood.”

Local media like the Miami Herald tried to downplay the trip, writing, “What happens when a School Board member takes elementary kids on a field trip to a bar and grill with a gay clientele? A Twitter storm.”

They describe some of the menu items at the “bar and grill”:

The description on the menu for the ”Left One” chicken breast sandwich, for example, is “’Cause sometimes the left ones are bigger!” Then there are the “Rhoda Cowboy,” “Miley High Club” and the “Young Ranch Hand.”

Leonardi complained to the media that “she and her family and friends “have been attacked with bigoted comments and death threats.”

Students have claimed that they’ve been taking trips to the gay bar since 10 years.

 

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