As his 2024 political posture looks better every day, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is fighting back against the Biden administration and the teachers unions in their attempt to impose political optics on innocent school children. He knows parents, not educrats, are fully capable of making informed decisions on this subject.
FNC: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed an executive order making mask-wearing optional in the state’s public schools.
The announcement came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued new guidance for K-12 schools recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff and students, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. The governor’s office said in a press release that the order reinforces parents’ right to choose what is best for their children.
DeSantis has taken the opposite position of many Democratic governors and state lawmakers over the past year in regard to mandates related to COVID-19, such as lockdowns and mask mandates. Schools in Florida, for example, have been open for in-person learning since October of 2020.
Mask mandates in public schools across the country have sparked debate among parents, with some arguing that children should wear masks in school if they learn in person to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and others arguing against mandates due to the relatively low number of COVID-19 deaths among children. The order also came in response to a number of local school boards considering mask mandates after the Biden administration issued ‘unscientific and inconsistent recommendations that school-aged children wear masks,’ the governor’s office said in the release.”
“The federal government has no right to tell parents that in order for their kids to attend school in person, they must be forced to wear a mask all day, every day,” DeSantis said in a Friday statement. “Many Florida schoolchildren have suffered under forced masking policies, and it is prudent to protect the ability of parents to make decisions regarding the wearing of masks by their children.”
I signed an executive order directing @HealthyFla to enter rulemaking in collaboration with @EducationFL to protect parents' freedom to choose whether their children wear masks in schools. https://t.co/94ZMqObRas
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 30, 2021
DeSantis is being hailed by conservatives and pro-freedom groups and heavily criticized by the usual suspects on the Left and advocates of Chicken Little public health policies.