Broward’s penalties are steeper since it received a $421,000 grant from the Biden administration for standing firm on its policies. It’s already lost $70,000, now it will likely lose another $456,000, equal to the grant plus one month’s salaries for School Board members.
Alachua will lose funding equivalent to the $148,000 grant it received, plus another $13,000 for one month of School Board salaries.
Corcoran said the Biden administration grant “improperly attempts to interfere” with the state managing its education system.
“Education is a state responsibility, not a federal one,” he said. “What we are witnessing is one of the most egregious violations of [state’s rights] in our lifetimes. By their own terms, these grants encourage school districts to violate Florida law.”
The other districts that received penalties were Brevard, Duval, Leon and Orange counties.
Three other school districts — Hillsborough, Indian River and Sarasota — were scheduled to face penalties but have since dropped their mask mandates and were removed from Thursday’s agenda.