Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) continues to prevail in his fight to preserve the freedom of the residents of the state, especially with regard to schoolchildren.
According to Breitbart, after months of vicious legal battles, threats, and other maneuverings, every Florida school that originally defied DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates has finally relented, dropping all current mask mandates for schoolchildren.
Broward, Alachua Broward, and Miami-Dade counties were among the last to finally nix mask mandates for children in school.
The decisions to drop the mandates were due, in part, to DeSantis holding true to his threat to withhold valuable state funding via the Florida Department of Education from schools that refused to drop strict mask mandates.
Defending the kids
DeSantis made his stance on the matter crystal clear on several occasions over the past year as a number of the state’s largest school districts attempted to force children to mask up, even though, as the governor ha stated, there’s really no science behind the idea.
“We want kids to be able to be kids,” DeSantis said earlier this year. “We need them to be able to breathe. It’s terribly uncomfortable for them to do it. There’s not very much science behind it.”
He added: “Obviously people can — parents can make decisions how they want to, we wouldn’t restrict that, but we certainly will not have any mandates on students and on parents in the upcoming school year.”
As Forbes reported in October, the Florida State Board of Education threatened to withhold funding from schools that went against the governor’s orders to ban mask mandates, a tactic that seems to have worked out quite well.
Other states follow
In a separate Forbes report, it was noted that other states have begun to release various mask mandates imposed on students, including Ohio, Michigan, Texas, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Arkansas.
Some of the reasons issued for relaxing or eliminating such mandates include a drastically reduced case count among students, as well as the fact that many students are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.
Some of the bluest, pro-mask, pro-lockdown states in the country, such as New Jersey, are also considering doing away with mask mandates as the new school year finally gets back to normal, pre-pandemic operations.
Undoubtedly, DeSantis has set a clear example for states across the country, and his pro-freedom stance was vindicated at the highest level, as Florida has experienced some of the lowest case counts in the entire country.