A judge had ruled the governor didn't have the authority to issue a mask ban. But he appealed and his order stood while a higher court considered it.
The appeal "triggers an automatic stay" so his ban is temporarily law again. He had sidestepped the ruling and withheld funds from districts anyway.
Three teachers and a teaching assistant from Broward County schools died of COVID-19 on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Broward Teachers' Union said.
Florida currently has the most children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the US and reported 24,753 new adult and child cases on Wednesday.
At least three school boards announced plans to defy DeSantis' ban on mask mandates, even after his administration threatened to withhold paychecks.
President Biden made the remarks -- the latest in an ongoing war of words with the Florida governor -- at an event promoting electric vehicles.
A 2019 video surfaced of Donald Trump being welcomed to the Orlando airport by a man involved in Rep. Matt Gaetz's sex-trafficking allegations