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Gov. DeSantis Scores Legal Victory in Appeals Court on Florida’s School Mask Mandate Ban

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has obtained a legal victory in court on Friday. An appellate court stayed a lower court judge’s attempt to overrule the governor on the state’s school mask mandate ban.

“Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates in schools is in effect again after an appellate court reinstated the stay on a judge’s ruling that blocked the executive order,” WCTV reported.

“The First District Court of Appeal issued the stay again on Judge John Cooper’s ruling a little after 12:30 p.m. Friday,” the report noted.

“This means the ban is back in effect and will likely remain in effect for the remainder of the school semester since it typically takes months for the appellate court to issue a final ruling,” the report added.

“The stay should have been left in place pending appellate review. Accordingly, we grant the appellants’ motion, quash the trial court’s order vacating the automatic stay, and reinstate the stay required by Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.310(b),” the order says.

Governor DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw posted the news on Friday that the state’s ban on masking schoolchildren was ‘back in effect.’

“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!” posted Pushaw.

After the prior decision attempting to block the executive order, a DeSantis spokesperson explained the governor’s course of action.

“It’s not surprising that Judge Cooper would rule against parent’s rights and their ability to make the best educational and medical decisions for their family, but instead rule in favor of elected politicians. This ruling was made with incoherent justifications, not based in science and facts – frankly not even remotely focused on the merits of the case presented,” the statement said.

“It’ll be appealed. We’ll end up getting it back,” DeSantis told reporters last Monday. “At the end of the day, ultimately, we’re just trying to stand with the parents.”

On Friday, Governor DeSantis weighed in on the legal victory.

“No surprise here – the 1st DCA has restored the right of parents to make the best decisions for their children,” the governor said. “I will continue to fight for parents’ rights.”


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