The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued a "cease and desist complaint" to the Florida DOE after the latter department withheld funding from Florida public schools over mask mandates.
In an email to The Hill, the Florida DOE said it was "important to remember that locally elected officials cannot pick and choose what laws they follow."
The email continued: "As a result of their blatant refusal to follow the law, the Florida Department of Education has withheld an amount equivalent to 1/12 of the total annual compensation of each school board member until such time as the boards demonstrate compliance."
The Florida DOE also said that when the "districts demonstrate compliance with state law, the withheld funds will be disbursed."
Florida has been the subject of issues surrounding mask and vaccine requirements throughout the pandemic. On Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) sued the Biden administration over its COVID-19 vaccine mandates for federal contractors. DeSantis has also prohibited requirements for any proof of vaccination in the state and has banned schools from requiring masks.
The Hill has reached out to representatives from the Alachua and Broward County school districts for comment.