Dec. 14 (UPI) — The Florida Division of Education returned funding to eight faculty districts that had confronted punishment for using masks mandates.
The division transferred $877,851 to the 8 districts on Nov. 29 proper after the purpose out withheld the funding utilized for paychecks for school board customers within the districts that selected to defy a state purchase banning masks mandates, in accordance to monetary paperwork provided to CNN by the Orange County Faculty Board.
“The district obtained communication from the FLDOE previous to Thanksgiving that they’d been returning … funds concerned with the withholding of college board member salaries,” Orange County communications staffer Michael Ollendorff instructed Florida Phoenix, which initially reported the return of money.
Brevard County school district interplay staffer Russel Bruhn additionally verified the cash “has been place again.”
Ultimately Broward County had $526,197 returned, Alachua County acquired $194,720, Miami-Dade County was given $35,395, Orange County acquired $31,459, Palm Seashore entrance obtained $37,527, Duval County was given again once more $26,770, Brevard County obtained $18,587 and Leon County acquired $17,199.
Alachua County faculty district communications staffer Jackie Johnson defined to Florida Phoenix the district returned the revenue from the federal grant, declaring it skilled by no means tapped into these money.
“The confirm we obtained from the feds — we despatched that once more to the feds,” Johnson stated.
Via an sudden emergency assembly in Oct, the Florida Board of Schooling and studying permitted a decision to sanction the eight faculty districts if they didn’t fall their masks mandates.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an authorities order in July to bar faculty districts from mandating masks mandates in opposition to Services for Ailment Deal with and Prevention recommendation to limit the distribute of COVID-19.