WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said on Thursday that it was reimbursing a Florida school district that lost state money for imposing a mask mandate, in opposition to a ban on such orders from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the pro-Trump Republican.
The award to Alachua County Public Schools of $147,719 is the first in the nation. It effectively compensates for the money lost in early September. Broward County, in South Florida, also saw state funds taken away for ordering masking.
The loss in Alachua County amounted to $13,400 a month.
Imposed in late July, the DeSantis ban led to a war of words between the strident governor and the White House, as well as an accompanying, ongoing court fight.