Florida defies judge and punishes 2 school districts over masks

Students sit in an algebra class at Barbara Goleman Senior High School in Miami Lakes, Fla. on Aug. 23. | Marta Lavandier/AP Photo

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TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Education on Monday defied a recent ruling from a state judge and leveled its first sanctions against school board members who rejected the DeSantis administration’s orders on local mask mandates.

State officials withheld monthly salaries from board members in Alachua and Broward counties who supported the mask requirements, marking a major turning point in the weekslong fight over face coverings

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