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Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates

Photo: Timo Hardt
Photo: Timo Hardt

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has declined to block a ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled children for a preliminary injunction against an executive order that DeSantis issued in July. That order served as the basis for the Florida Department of Health rule that required school districts to allow parents to opt out of any student mask mandates.

Moore wrote in Wednesday's ruling that parents should have pursued administrative claims before filing a lawsuit.

Danielle Prieur covers education in Central Florida.