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Florida’s DeSantis Nears Court Clash With Parents Over Mask Ban

Ron DeSantis speaks during an event to give out bonuses to first responders in Surfside, Florida on Aug. 10. 

Ron DeSantis speaks during an event to give out bonuses to first responders in Surfside, Florida on Aug. 10. 

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will learn next week if he’ll have to face a lawsuit by parents challenging his executive order banning mask mandates in schools.

At a hearing on Friday, Judge John C. Cooper of Florida’s second judicial circuit said he’d hear arguments on Aug. 19 and rule the same day on the state’s upcoming motion to dismiss the suit. If he allows the case to proceed, Cooper said he’d hold a longer hearing the following week with testimony from health experts and other witnesses, including parents concerned about the spread of Covid in the schools, and issue a decision by Aug. 25.