Rosalind Osgood, the chair of the Broward County School Board, said she and other board members are prepared to risk their own salaries in defying Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order that effectively prohibits mask mandates in school districts.
"We are not looking to back down," said Osgood, following an 8-1 board vote to make masks mandatory for students and staff on school property. "We are committed to protecting the lives of our students and our staff at any cost. We believe that their lives are invaluable."
Osgood then responded to the threat from DeSantis' office that suggested the state's Board of Education could withhold the salaries of superintendents and school board members who disregard the governor's executive order.
"We did receive that letter," Osgood told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "...I was very surprised that the punitive threats continue to come and be directed toward our school."
"If it means that our salaries are taken away, we would rather have those salaries taken away than take a risk at having one of our kids or one of our staff people come down very ill," she said.